Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Reading
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'Processing aid' definition

The following is the definition of 'Processing Aid' given in the Food Labelling Regulations:

"Processing aid" means any substances not consumed as a food by itself, intentionally used in the processing of raw materials, foods or their ingredients, to fulfil a certain technological purpose during treatment or processing, and which may result in the unintentional but technically unavoidable presence of residues of the substance or its derivatives in the final product, provided that these residues do not present any health risk and do not have any technological effect on the finished product.