Food additives are usually used in food in order to make them safer, tastier, more attractive, more stable, etc. For example, benzoic acid was added in soft drinks; sweeteners in sugarless chewing gums and pigments in candies/sweets, etc.
Related regulations were established in different international bodies. These are:
US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)
US National Academy of Sciences, USP
European Community, EFSA
Japanese Ministry of Health
Developing Countries, Use of International Information (e.g. JECFA, Codex, WTO)
Now, over 160 member countries, including Hong Kong, uses guidelines according to the Codex Alimentarius Commission, General Standard for Food Additives. There are 3 tables for your references:
Table 1: Additives permitted for use under specified conditions in certain food categories or individual food items
Table 2: Food categories or individual food items in which food additives are permitted
Table 3: Additives permitted for used in food in general, unless otherwise specified, in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
If your products would like to import and/ sell in the above countries, you must ensure the product quality as required. Enviro Labs Ltd. (ELL) can offer a set of testing to suit your requirements. Contact us at 2676 2983 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.