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Food Additive Campaign Team (FACT)
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About this work
The material in this section shows FACT's activities and the interest it generated. Aspects notably covered in the press cuttings and the correspondence are colourings, flavourings, preservatives, dyes, pesticide residues, effects on health and diet of the nation, ethics of additives used to produce cheaper food, food intolerance and allergies (including asthma and eczema) caused by food additives, how additives can be viewed as food adulteration or contamination, the reported toxicity of some additives.
The Food Additive Campaign Team (FACT) was set up in Dec 1985. It was an association of representative organisations, including the London Food Commission. By 1986 it comprised 29 member organisations. It was set up as a campaigning organisation committed to encourage a healthy food supply in Britain, in particular by a more responsible use of food additives. It gained support from MPs of all main political parties. FACT offered advice and support to its associated organisations, to local consumer groups, and to food manufacturers, caterers and retailers who were reviewing the use of chemical additives in their food. It worked with legislators, local authorities, schools, trades unions, environmental health officers, trading standards officers and people in the media concerened to address the issue of additives and their use to "adulterate and contaminate food".