Additives are commonly supplemented to food as they for example extend shelf life, replace or restore colour or give food a sweet taste without use of beet sugar. Additives used in each product shall be declared on its packaging. Each additive must be stated by its full name or an international E code in a descending sequence according to the amount contained in the food.  All states of the European Union use the same E code numbering system.  On food labels must be in addition to the name or code of E given the name of the category to which the additive belongs. Some additives fall by purpose into more than one category.

Code Material Categories CEFF approved
E 1422 Acetylated distarch adipate stabilisers, thickeners, modified starches Yes Yes
E 1440 Hydroxyl propyl starch stabilisers, thickeners, modified starches Yes Yes
E 1442 Hydroxy propyl distarch phosphate stabilisers, thickeners, modified starches Yes Yes
E 1450 Starch sodium octenyl succinate stabilisers, thickeners, modified starches Yes Yes
E 1451 Acetylated oxidised starch stabilisers, thickeners, modified starches Yes Yes
E 1452 Starch aluminium Octenyl succinate stabilisers, thickeners Yes Yes
E 1505 Triethyl citrate stabilisers Yes Yes
E 1517 Glycerol-diacetát solvents Yes Yes
E 1518 Glyceryl triacetate; triacetin humectants Yes Yes
E 1519 benzyl alcohol solvents Yes Yes
E 1520 Propan-1,2-diol; propylene glycol emulsifiers, solvents, humectants Yes Yes
E 1521 Propylene glycol anti-foaming Yes Yes