Food additives

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Food Additives


The goals of those projects are to:

  • gather data on food additives so that it can be used in conjunction with other Open Food Facts data
  • determine what food additives data should be displayed on Open Food Facts product pages
  • create information pages for each food additive
  • possibly classify the risk of each additive so that it can be shown on Open Food Facts

Types of data

Codes, names and synonyms

See Global additives taxonomy

Additive production

  • Sources of the additive
    • Natural extract / chemical synthesis
    • Vegetarian, vegan
    • Containing pork
  • How is the additive produced?
  • Religious certifications
    • Casher
    • Halal

Additive uses

Types of products containing the additive

Health risks

Sources of data

For each source, we should note under which licence the data is available.

Laws and regulations

Scientific studies

Scientific opinions

e.g. "Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation Tartrazine (E 102) -- EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS)"

Food producers


Consumers associations

Data collection