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Food additive finder

Wondering what that food additive code in the ingredients list means? Use our codebreaker to find out.


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Labelling rules require most packaged foods to show any additives – such as colourings, flavourings or preservatives – in the ingredients list.

Additives are usually listed by type, followed by a name or number. For example, “preservative (potassium sorbate)” or “preservative (202)”.

If the label only gives you a number, you can use our codebreaker to find out what the additive is.

Just put the number into the field below and we’ll give you the answer. You can enter up to five numbers at a time.