We are all consumers of food and expect it to have the right quality. That level of quality is often defined by the legislation of a country or continent. The UK food regulations are very different than the ones here in the U.S. For example, a can of Coca Cola is made with high fructose corn syrup in the U.S. while Coca Cola is made with real sugar in the UK. Some say the taste difference is dramatic! The use of high fructose corn syrup is restricted in the UK and is under a production quota.
With the food analysis on the rise towards the end of the 19th Century, there was increased concern about the contamination of foods. According to Dr. David Jukes at the University of Reading in the UK, this led to the adoption of the early food acts which made the sale of food ‘not of the nature, substance or quality demanded’ an offence. However, there was a debate as to whether more specific controls were needed to prevent the use of toxic substances in food – especially food preservatives. Initial controls were introduced for milk and cream in 1912.
Throughout the years, the UK has implemented many food additive controls, regulating what can and cannot be used in food production. Some ingredients that have been regulated throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century are sweeteners, colors known to be toxic, antioxidants, emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners and gelling agents.
Here at The British Pedlar, we sell a variety of authentic groceries, sweets and treats from the UK. That means they are made without high fructose corn syrup or any weird additives. Stop by today to see and taste for yourself!