The ABC of E numbers

The facts about the additives and E numbers in your drink

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E numbers are used to designate additives that have been thoroughly tested and have been approved under EU food legislation for use in foods and drinks. Some additives are actually nutrients - for example ascorbic acid, otherwise known as vitamin C, is an approved additive and is referred to as E300.

What are additives with E numbers used for?
Additives that are designated by E numbers can be used to preserve and colour a product. At Coca‑Cola we use additives to maintain product quality, safety and colour, which all contribute to the enjoyment and appeal of every can and bottle. All our ingredients have been approved as safe for their intended use by food regulatory authorities. The additives contained in our products are clearly labelled by their E numbers, enabling you to make an informed choice.

Did you know? Food additives are carefully regulated and can only be used if they are safe, perform a useful purpose, are used at the specified level, and do not mislead consumers

Some additives are found in nature
Many substances that have E numbers also occur naturally and can be found in unprocessed foods. For example, an apple has 11 naturally-occurring substances that correspond to additives that are identified by E numbers. Examples include ascorbic acid (E300), carotene (E160a) and riboflavin (E101).

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