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Significance of E-numbers used on bakery product packs

What are E numbers ?

E numbers are systematic way to identify different food additive .Food additive which passes the ESFA ( European Food Safety Authority )standard s are given these E numbers . E numbers are simple code which shows that these addtitive are safe to use and products containing these food additive are authorized to be sold in European nation.

Some additives have long chemical names and the driving force behind the idea was the need for a system of identification that was the same in all languages and easy to fit on a food label.

These standards are being accepted by most of the food manufacturers across the globe and one can find these numbers on all food product packs .

Major categories of Food additive and their E series

Colors ( 100 )

Preservatives ( 200)

Antioxidant (300)


Emulsifiers/improvers/stabilizers/gelling agent/thickeners (400)


Bakery manufacturers mainly bread and biscuit manufacturer display following E number’s on their pack . It varies from product to product .

Biscuit’s have E numbers

E500ii ,E 503 ii ,E521 ,E322,E 471 ,E 481ii

Bread’s have E numbers

E 282 , E 481,E 260,E1100( improver ),E 924 a ( improver),E 300 (anti oxidant)

Check complete list of food additives with their E numbers

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