Food additives lists

These lists are changing as new food additives enter our food. Please check date of latest list.

Avoid these additives



  102,104,110,122,123,124,127,129, 132,133,142,143, 151,155

  natural colour 160b (annatto)


    Sorbates                    200, 201, 202, 203

   Benzoates                 210, 211, 212, 213

   Sulphites                   220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228

   Nitrates, nitrites         249, 250, 251, 252

   Propionates               280, 281, 282, 283,
                                   cultured or fermented anything
                                        cultured dextrose, fermented wheat flour...


   Gallates                     310, 311, 312

  TBHQ, BHA, BHT        319, 320, 321


    Glutamates incl MSG 620, 621, 622, 623, 624, 625, Yeast extract,
                   Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (HVP), 131 other names

   Ribonucleotides       627, 631, 635


    No numbers since they are trade secrets

Magnifying failsafe card with names and numbers of additives to avoid

Handy magnifying failsafe cards now available


All food additives by name and number with problems highlighted (updated 2022)

Additives to avoid on a single handy page

Additives to avoid in single-sided wallet size

Four Additives to avoid cards on one page useful for schools using the Eating for Success program

Click through this presentation with embedded videos


Additives in the USA where different names and numbers are used

Safe additives for food manufacturers factsheet

Colours around the world factsheet





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And to Joanne Van Os for this cartoon.