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Food Additives and Compounds

Find out about food additives...What they are, what they contribute to foods, how they are regulated, and how to identify them in the foods you eat.

USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Learn about food additives in meat and poultry products, including their definition, history, regulation and more. A glossary of commonly used additives and terms is also provided.

HHS, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Wondering what acrylamide is and how it forms in food? This FDA resource explains the basics about this chemical and its safety.

HHS, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Find information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on benzene, color additives, fat substitutes, food irradiation, preservatives, sweeteners, sulfites, and more.

HHS, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Facts you should know about color additive safety.

HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute

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

HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus

Read general information about food additives, including functions and side effects.

HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus

Get information on popular sugar substitutes including aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, stevia, and more.