By Graham King

ISBN-10: 0007400950

ISBN-13: 9780007400959

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    Used in cake decorations Antioxidants E300 L-ascorbic acid – used in fruit drinks and bread E307 synthetic alpha-tocopherol – used in baby foods E310 propyl gallate – chewing gum, vegetable oils E320 butylated hydroxytoluene – soup mixes, cheese spreads Preservatives E200 sorbic acid – soft drinks, yogurt, cheese slices E201 sodium sorbate E202 potassium sorbate E203 calcium sorbate – frozen pizzas, cakes, buns E210 benzoic acid E221 sodium sulphite E227 calcium bisulphite – dried fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, sausages, dairy desserts, cider, beer and wine E252 potassium nitrate – used for curing ham, bacon, corned beef, some cheese Emulsifiers and stabilisers E322 lecithins – chocolate and low fat spreads E400 alginic acid – icecream, soft cheese E407 carrageenan – milk shakes, jellies E410 carob gum – salad cream E412 guar gum – packet soups E413 gum tragacanth – salad dressing, cheese E414 gum arabic – confectionery E440 pectin – jams and preserves E465 ethylmethylcellulose – used in gateaux Others E420 sorbitol – diabetic jams and confectionery El70 calcium carbonate E260 acetic acid E290 carbon dioxide – carbonates fizzy drinks E330 citric acid E334 tartaric acid E338 orthophosphoric acid – flavourings Be warned that non-E numbers on packaging include potentially harmful agents: 507 (hydrochloric acid), 513 (sulphuric acid), 536 (potassium ferrocyanide), 925 (chlorine).

    Other traps include FID (Falkland Islands Dependencies), PICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act in the US), FIFO (first in, first out), FEA (Federation of European Aerosol Associations), FGA (Flat Glass Association) and FPA (Family Planning Association). And take care if a name has the attached abbreviation FRCS. It could be that the holder is an esteemed Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons or, on the other hand (if you’re in Australia) a member of the Federation of Rabbit Clearance Societies.

    T Truncated Words U UIAA et al UK Postcodes UN – The United Nations Family V The Versatile W X Y Z Zip Graham King (1930–1999) The AAA (Abolition of Acronymlc Abominations) Keep Reading Copyright About the Publisher Introduction Perhaps without our realising it, abbreviations and their smart cousins, acronyms, have become essential elements in our language and lives. Unthinkingly, we use dozens, perhaps hundreds of them every day: BBC, BO, DJ, DIY, PDQ, M&S … ft, ins, lbs, ozs, kilos. Many of them have been in use so long we forget the actual words, phrases or names they represent: RSVP, QED, APC, BUPA.

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