E-numbers and names of food additives now searchable through a mobile service

1.7.2011

<p>The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has introduced a mobile service to make it easy to check the name of an additive by searching for its e-number or to check the e-number by searching for the additive’s name. For the time being, the service is only provided in Finnish. The mobile service can be uploaded via a mobile phone or PC at <a href="http://m.evira.fi" target="_blank" title="http://m.evira.fi">http://m.evira.fi</a>. User registration is not required for the service.</p>

The mobile service makes it easy to find information on the additives listed on food packaging while shopping for groceries. The name or number can also be used to access information about the origin and use of the additive. In addition, it is possible to check whether or not an ADI level (Acceptable Daily Intake) has been established for an additive.

The service is operational on most mobile phones on the market and it is designed for new mobile phones and laptops that have an Internet connection. Telecom operators charge a data transfer fee according to their valid price list. The e-number mobile service is also available via foreign operators but for the time being, the service is only provided in Finnish.

The coding system of e-numbers for additives was developed in the EU. The letter ‘e’ in front of the number refers to EU approval of the additive for scientific evaluation on the basis of food product use.

For further information please contact:

  • Communications Director Marja Laeslehto, Evira, tel. +358 50 386 8401 (mobile service)
  • Senior Inspector Kirsi-Helena Kanninen (available 18-29 July and 15 August onwards), Evira, tel. +358 40 489 3346 (additives)

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