Food Additives

Food Ingredients and Packaging Information for Consumers

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Information from the FDA Office of Food Additive Safety, including benzene, color additives, fat substitutes, food irradiation, preservatives, sweeteners, sulfites, and more.


MedlinePlus: Food Additives

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Find definition, functions, food sources, side effects and recommendations related to food additives. Also in Spanish.


Food Ingredients & Colors

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Brochure provides helpful background information about food and color additives: what they are, why they are used in foods and how they are regulated for safe use. Also in PDF|330 KB.


Color Additives

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Find out about regulation of color additives in foods, as well as other products.


Additives in Meat and Poultry Products

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Fact sheet about food additives in meat and poultry products, includes history, regulation, glossary and more.


Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer: Questions and Answers

DHHS. NIH. National Cancer Institute.

Information about artificial sweeteners, their regulation, and relationship to cancer.