food additives testing

Food Additives Testing

Guarantee the quality of your products

Guarantee the quality of your products


Food additives are substances that are added to food during processing or preparation to improve its flavour, texture, colour, appearance, or shelf-life. They may also be added to food to improve its nutritional value or to preserve its quality.

Food additives can include a wide range of substances, such as preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners, colours, and flavourings. Some common examples of food additives include ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carrageenan (a thickener), monosodium glutamate (a flavour enhancer), and sodium benzoate (a preservative).

Food additives are regulated by government agencies in many countries. These agencies evaluate the safety of food additives before they are approved for use in foods and set limits on how much of each additive can be used. They also require food manufacturers to list all of the additives used on food labels, so consumers can make informed choices about the foods they eat.


Food additives testing refers to the process of evaluating the safety and efficacy of food additives. This involves testing the additives for their intended purpose, such as improving flavour or preserving the quality of food, as well as assessing their potential risks to human health.

Food additives testing typically includes a range of studies, such as toxicology studies to evaluate the potential health effects of the additive, studies to determine the appropriate levels of the additive to use in food, and studies to assess the stability of the additive over time.

Testing is typically carried out by regulatory agencies and by food manufacturers themselves to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. 

Food additives testing is important to ensure the safety and quality of the food supply and to provide consumers with information about the ingredients in the foods they eat. By evaluating food additives and setting appropriate limits on their use, regulators and manufacturers can help ensure that our food is safe, nutritious, and enjoyable.


Compliance with food additive regulations and standards can offer several benefits for both consumers and food manufacturers. Some of the key benefits of food additives compliance include:

  • Improved food safety: Compliance with food additive regulations can help ensure that food additives are safe for consumption and do not pose any health risks to consumers.
  • Consistent quality: Compliance with food additive regulations can help ensure that the quality of food products is consistent and predictable. This can help food manufacturers maintain consumer trust and loyalty and can also help reduce waste and improve efficiency.
  • Increased transparency: Compliance with food additive regulations requires food manufacturers to list all additives used on food labels. This can help consumers make informed decisions about the foods they eat and promote transparency in the food industry
  • Innovation and product development: Compliance with food additive regulations can encourage innovation and product development, as manufacturers are encouraged to find new and innovative ways to improve the quality and safety of their products.
  • International trade: Compliance with food additive regulations can help facilitate international trade by ensuring that food products meet the standards and regulations of importing countries.


Whether through laboratory testing, regulatory compliance support, safety assessments, or QMS certification, TÜV SÜD can help food manufacturers navigate the complex world of food additive regulations and promote consumer trust in the food industry.

TÜV SÜD offers a range of services to help food manufacturers comply with food additive regulations and ensure the safety and quality of their products. Some of the ways TÜV SÜD can support you with food additives compliance include:

Laboratory testing for food additives: TÜV SÜD offers a range of laboratory testing services to help food manufacturers evaluate the safety and efficacy of food additives. These services include toxicology studies, stability testing, and efficacy testing to help manufacturers determine appropriate levels of use and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

Compliance with FSSAI food additive standards: TÜV SÜD can help food manufacturers navigate the complex regulatory landscape surrounding food additives, including compliance with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) food additive standards. TÜV SÜD can provide expert guidance on regulatory compliance, as well as help with documentation and labelling requirements.

Food additive safety assessment: TÜV SÜD can conduct comprehensive safety assessments of food additives to evaluate their potential health risks and ensure that they meet regulatory safety standards. TÜV SÜD can also provide guidance on appropriate levels of use to help ensure compliance with regulatory limits.

Quality management system certification: TÜV SÜD offers certification services for quality management systems (QMS), including ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000. These certifications can help food manufacturers ensure compliance with food safety and quality standards, including those related to food additives.

Our technical expertise and market knowledge allow our clients to verify compliance with the latest regulations in each country and market, both for raw materials and finished goods.

Products we can test:

  1. Fruit and vegetable products
  2. Nutraceuticals
  3. Dairy
  4. Bakery
  5. Ready-to-eat products
  6. Carbonated and Non-carbonated Beverages
  7. Spices


TÜV SÜD offers a comprehensive range of food additives testing capabilities, helping clients ensure compliance with local, national, and international regulations. Our expert team uses state-of-the-art technologies such as gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled with mass spectrometry (MS) or nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to provide fast, accurate, and sensitive quality testing of food additives.

Our laboratory is equipped to conduct food additives testing in accordance with FSSAI food additive standards and other international standards. We offer label verification according to FSSAI and EU (E-numbering) requirements, detection of illegal and undeclared substances, stability studies, and organoleptic evaluation.

In addition, we have advanced equipment to perform food antioxidant tests and food preservative analyses, helping clients ensure the safety and quality of their products. Our expertise in food additives testing and analysis is an important part of our commitment to helping our clients meet the highest standards of food safety and quality.


Our ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories offer a full suite of testing options for your products.

From nutritional labelling to FSSAI testing, we offer a comprehensive analysis test that can help your business and ensure safe and reliable food products. With our global network of laboratories, we support you in mitigating the risk of non-compliance in your business and ensure that your products meet local and international guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do you test food preservatives?

    Food preservatives can be tested using various methods, depending on the specific preservative being tested and the regulatory requirements that must be met. Here are some common methods used for food additive testing:

    • Chemical Analysis: Chemical analysis involves the use of various analytical techniques such as gas chromatography (GC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and mass spectrometry (MS) to identify and quantify the preservative compound in the food product.
    • Microbiological Analysis: Microbiological analysis is used to determine the effectiveness of preservatives in inhibiting the growth of microorganisms in food products.
    • Accelerated Shelf-Life Testing: Accelerated shelf-life testing is a method used to determine how long a food product can be stored before its quality deteriorates.
    • Organoleptic Analysis: Organoleptic analysis involves sensory evaluation of a food product to determine its quality and stability.
  • What are food additives under FSSAI?

    Under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), food additives are defined as substances that are intentionally added to food products to perform specific technological functions such as improving texture, flavour, colour, or shelf life. FSSAI regulations specify which food additives are permitted for use in different categories of food products and the maximum levels of use allowed.

    FSSAI has categorized food additives into various functional classes, such as colours, preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and flavour enhancers. The list of permitted food additives under FSSAI food additive standards includes over 350 substances, which have been evaluated for their safety based on scientific evidence and international standards.

  • Why are food additives regulated?

    Food additives are regulated to ensure that they are safe for human consumption and do not pose any health risks. The use of food additives is widespread in the food industry, and they play a crucial role in preserving the quality and safety of food products. However, some food additives may have adverse effects on health, and their use must be regulated to prevent harm to consumers.

    Food additive compliance regulations specify which food additives can be used in food products and the maximum levels of use permitted. These regulations are based on scientific evidence and are intended to ensure that food additives do not exceed safe levels and do not pose any health risks to consumers.

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