Food additives are non-nutritive substances added into foods to improve the appearance, flavor, organization structure or storage property according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Joint Food Rules Committee. Food additives can be classified into dozens of categories, including thousands of types. Common food additives include acidity regulator, antagonist, defoaming agent, antioxidant, bleacher, leavening agent, colorant, color fixative, zymin, flavor enhancer, nutrition enhancer, preservative, sweetening agent, thickening agent, spice, etc.
Food additives must be small in quantity to be added into foods, and cannot be served as food. The usage of food additives need to be tightly controlled as excessive usage can be harmful to human health. However, some food producers use food additives improperly for the pursuit of food appearance and storage, which makes tests on food additives necessary to ensure food safety.
Creative Biomart offers food additives test services to detect and quantify most food additives and banned food additives with high sensitivity and efficiency. Our food additive test items include preservatives, sweetening agents, synthetic pigments, antioxidants, and banned food additives, and are in accordance with the WHO standard for food additive limits.
Food additive test items
||Sorbic acid, Potassium sorbate, Benzoic acid, Sodium benzoate, Dehydroacetic acid, Natamycin, Propionate
- Gas Chromatography (GC)
- Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS/MS)
- Liquid Chromatography (LC)
- Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
||Acesulfame, Cyclamate, Saccharin sodium, Aspartame
||Carmine, Amaranth, Lemon yellow, Sunset Yellow, Brilliant blue, Erythrosine, Allura Red
||Beta Hydroxy Acid, Butylated hydroxytoluene, Tertiary butylhydroquinone, Propyl Gallate
||Sulfur dioxide, Nitrite, Nitrate
|Banned food additives
||Melamine, Clenbuterol hydrochloride, Diethylstilbestrol, Malachite green, Crystal violet, β-lactamase, Sodium thiocyanate, Leather hydrolyzed proteins, Sudan Red, Basic Orange II, Rhodamine B, Pigment green, Auramine, Acid orange, Rongalit, Boric acid, Borax, Potassium bromate, Dimethyl fumarate, Cyprohetadine