Foodlaw-Reading

Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

Providng access to food law since May 1996

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Last update: 5 July, 2022

EU Food Additives: Listing by E Number

The list below gives the reference number (the "E number") and the English name of all those additives now listed in Annex II of Regulation 1333/2008. Although the Annex in the original Regulation was empty, by virtue of Regulation 1129/2011 of 11 November 2011 (and related amendments), this now contains the comprehensive listing of permitted additives and their permitted uses. For links to the main Regulation, the amendments and a consolidated version of the Regulation, return to the main food additive page [click here]

A related numbering system is used by the Codex Alimentarius Commission for their International Numbering System (INS). This largely uses the same numbers (but without the E). Discussions are held by the Codex Committee on Food Additives. Details of the Codex listing of additives can be found on the pages of the Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) Online Database.

Note for the UK: Following the UK's departure from the European Union, only those additives which were either (a) permitted on the day the UK left, or (b) have been subsequently approved by domestic legislation, can be used in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). Under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Northern Ireland continues to comply with the EU listing. This listing does not indicate any differences for Great Britain.


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