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CHEMISTRY

Ingredients
Very few of us look at the label on the packet of the food that we eat or indeed any article that we come in contact with. So should we question what is used in the articles with which we place such great faith?

Ingredients are listed by quantity with the greatest quantity listed first and the smallest quantity listed last. So if water was the first on the list then the greatest percentage of the ingredients would be water. We trust the manufacture to comply with legislation to make sure that the contents are pure and the quantities used are listed in the correct order. We cannot expect the manufacturer to tell us the exact proportion that he uses in the the product or they would be jeopardising the products uniqueness, but we do expect it to be safe.

We expect the products make up to be derived from a safe and tested base elements. So what faith can we put in something listed as “vegetable oil”? We have to rely on the producer to have checked every particle of the “vegetable oil” and its packaging. The producer in turn will be relying on the supplier of each ingredient in the vegetable oil and the packaging material that surrounds it. The situation is even more complex when “E” numbers are used for what has been used in its construction and what are its effects. It comes down to trust and integrity and that can never be relied on 100%. So legislative safeguards have to be introduced.

The legislation is based on recommendations supplied to government by people with expertise in the subject associated with the product being assessed. The advice is only as good as the knowledge of the persons giving the advice, their attitude to morals and ethics and the fallibility of humans.

So next time you pick up a product read its label and question what has been used in its manufacture. Is it and its packaging safe to use?


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