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Labelling of vitamin C and vitamin E : Soil Association

Labelling of vitamin C and vitamin E

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To provide clearer information to consumers, whilst not misleading them about the nature or function of additives, the Processing Standards Committee proposes to allow labelling E300 ascorbic acid and E306 tocopherol by their vitamin names - vitamin C and vitamin E only after labelling them with either the E number or their name in the ingredients panel.

Proposed amendments

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40.10.30
If you use E300 ascorbic acid as an additive (e.g. as an acidity regulator or antioxidant), you must label it with its specific additive name and/or its ‘E’ number. This is 'E300' or 'ascorbic acid’ or 'L-ascorbic acid'. You cannot simply label it as ‘vitamin C'. We would accept reference to vitamin C in the ingredients panel immediately after this information only.


40.10.31
If you use E306 tocopherol as an additive (e.g. as an antioxidant), you must label it with its specific additive name and/or its ‘E’ number. You cannot simply label it as ‘vitamin E’. We would accept reference to vitamin E in the ingredients panel immediately after this information only.