US FDA Food Additives Regulation

Direct & Indirect US FDA Food Additives

A food additive is any substance added to food directly or indirectly to becoming a component or otherwise affecting the characteristics of any food. In wider meaning “any substance used in the production, processing, treatment, packaging, transportation or storage of food”  

Direct food additives are those that are added to a food for a specific purpose in that food. For example, xanthan gum -- used in salad dressings, chocolate milk, bakery fillings, puddings and other foods to add texture -- is a direct additive. Most direct additives are identified on the ingredient label of foods.

Indirect food additives are those that become part of the food in trace amounts due to its packaging, storage or other handling. For instance, minute amounts of packaging substances may find their way into foods during storage. Food packaging manufacturers must prove to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that all materials coming in contact with food are safe before they are permitted for use in such a manner.

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