Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Color retention agents

According to Codex Alimentarius, color retention agents are food additive added to food and beverage which stabilize, retain or intensify the color of a product.

Color is a powerful tool that can be used to get attention, enhance clarity, establish a code, label things in nature and differentiate items. Color retention agents offset color loss, correct natural variations in color, improve colors that occur naturally, and add color to colorless foods.

Example of color retention agents -
*Sodium bisulfite: applied to meat, hominy, bananas

*Ferrous gluconate: in vitamins and minerals supplement, also in infant formula

*Ascorbic acid: applied to fruit and vegetable-based drinks, juices and baby foods, fat-containing cereal-based foods including biscuits and rusks. Ascorbic acid is often added to brightly colored fruits such as peaches during canning.
Color retention agents

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