FAQs

questionMost people can find the answer to their questions in this section…but just in case you can’t, you have the opportunity to ask a member of the FAIA, with industry-wide connections, and get a personal response via email. If the question is asked enough, we’ll add the question and the answer to this section of the site.

WHY FOOD ADDITIVES

What are food additives & why are they used?

Are they used in all processed foods?

Why do we need so many food additives?

For how long have food additives been used?

Aren't additives used to cover up poor processing of food?

Are food colours really necessary?

E NUMBERS & SAFETY

What are 'E' Numbers?

Where can I find a list of E Numbers?

How are the E Numbers allocated?

How do we know additives are safe?

Do additives cause cancer?

What is the long-term effect of consuming food additives?

REGULATION & CONTROL

Is the use of additives controlled in any way?

Who decides all this?

Should there not be special regulations for young children?

What about babies and infants?

NATURAL vs ARTIFICIAL

Is natural safer than artificial?

Can we tell by looking at a label which additives are natural and which are man-made?

Aren't all additives chemicals?

Why don't we just use natural ingredients?

ALLERGY & INTOLERANCE

How can I avoid foods and ingredients to which I am allergic?

So are additives a particular problem?

Are any additives derived from peanuts?

ADDITIVES & HYPERACTIVITY

Is there a link between additives and hyperactivity?

What is the evidence for a link between artificial colours and hyperactivity?

What does the latest research tell us?

What actions have FSA taken?

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