Wednesday 4 June 2003
Flavour enhancers are used to bring out the flavour in a wide range of foods without adding a flavour of their own.
For example, monosodium glutamate (E621), known as MSG, is added to processed foods, especially soups, sauces and sausages.
Flavour enhancers are also used in a wide range of other foods including savoury snacks, prepared meals and condiments.
Salt, although not classed as a food additive, is the most widely used flavour enhancer.
The use of flavour enhancers in food is controlled by the Miscellaneous Food Additives Regulations 1995 (SI 1995 No. 3187), as amended by SI 1997 No. 1413, SI 1999 No. 1136, SI 2001 No. 60, SI 2001 No. 3775 and SI 2003 No. 1008.
Separate, but parallel legislation is in force in Northern Ireland. From 2000, separate amending regulations have been made in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can obtain copies of these regulations by contacting The Stationery Office.
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