Food & Drug Additives

The Food & Drug Additives Division of TNN (TNN-FDA) specializes in the export and distribution of these “FDA” essentials widely used in the food and health products industries that fall into five major groups viz.,

  • Food Ingredients
  • Sweeteners
  • Preservatives
  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Probiotics

Over several decades and sometimes centuries, several so called “additives” have become mainstay food ingredients and are essential in the processing and manufacturing of ready-to-eat food products.  These additives/ingredients have several beneficial effects and are added to food in order to perform one or more of the following functions viz., (a) enhance nutritional value or health benefits; (b) modify consistency, structure, color or aesthetics; (c) enhance aroma or flavor; and (d) retain aroma or color and prolong shelf life. Targeted functions of added ingredients include: emulsifiers; fermentation agents; thickeners; stabilizers; leavening agents; buffering agents; anti-caking agents; gelling agents; raising agents; pH adjustment; conditioning; and flavoring.  All ingredients have been approved for use in food and health supplement preparations.

Sweeteners and flavor enhancers boost the taste, and cut the sugar without adding extra calories. When used judiciously, they provide the desired level of sweet taste and flavor without affecting glycemic responses and without the high calorie content of regular sugars. Therefore, they have become ubiquitous in food and drink from cereals, cookies, syrups, carbonated drinks and the like.

Acesulfame K (for potassium) has long been used as a sweetener and additive in foods such as, baked products, because it is heat stable and prolongs shelf life. Compared to a common sugar such as sucrose, it is 200 times sweeter, it is similar in sweetness as aspartame, and about two-thirds as sweet as saccharin, and about one-third as sweet as sucralose. Stevia (glycosides) that is extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, native to Brazil and Paraguaya, is a sweetener and sugar substitute that is about 30 to 150 times sweeter than common sugar and like Acesulfame K is heat-stable. Stevia has been widely used in Japan as a sweetener for decades and only recently (2011) the European Union approved stevia additives for use in food.  High-purity stevia glycoside extracts are generally recognized as safe for food use in the US.

Xylitol is another sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar, has fewer calories and is non-glycemic. Several studies have suggested its various important benefits, including, improved dental health. Xylitol, a common ingredient in sugar-free chewing gums, can be found in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables and is therefore considered natural. Humans even produce small quantities of it via normal metabolism. It is also used in candies, mints, diabetes-friendly foods and oral-care products. Similar in sweetness as regular sugar, Xylitol has 40% fewer calories.

The following is a list of “FDA” ingredients supplied by TNN.  If you do not see your specific requirements on this list, please contact us using our contact form page.

NameSpecificationCategory / Function
Ammonium Bicarbonate99.2% minRaising agent in baking
CMC SodiumEmulsifying and stabilizing agent
Cocoa Powder10%-12%Food additive
Corn Starch Food GradeFood additive / thickener
Di Ammonium Phosphate (DAP)98%Fermentation agent, yeast nutrient, baking texture enhancer
Glyceryl Monostearate 40%/90%Emulsifier, anti-caking/thickening agent
GlycineFCC/USPTaste enhancer, especially seafood
L-Cysteine HCl AJI92Dough conditioner in baking
Maltodextrin DEAdditive in soft drinks and candy
MentholBP/USPFlavoring additive, common in mouthwash
Mono Potassium Phosphate (MKP)99%Emulsifying salt in processed cheese, gatorade, meat
Mono Sodium Phosphate (MSP)98%Emulsifier or food thickener in fastfood, deli and baking
Monosodium Glutamate0.99Flavor enhancer
PectinFood gelling agent and stabilizer
Potassium Bicarbonate 0.99Leavening/Buffering agent in baking/wine
Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (SAPP)95%Popular leavening agent used in baking
Sodium Bicarbonate 0.99Baking soda, raising agent
Sodium Hexametaphosphate (SHMP)68%Emulsifier for a variety of packaged foods like egg whites
Soya Fibre Caloric density reducer for foods
Soya LecithinAcetone insoluble 60%Emulsifier,lubricant, antioxidant, flavor protector
Tartaric Acid DL-/L-Preservative and gelling agent
Taurine  JP/USPEssential amino acid supplement
Tomato PasteCold Brix: 28-30%/36-38%Food ingredient
Tri Calcium Phosphate (TCP)99%Anticaking agent (example - table salt), nutrional supplement
Tri Sodium Phosphate (TSP)97%Decrease acidity, improve texture of baked products, meat
Vanillin (Ethyl)FCCFlavor enhancer
Vital Wheat GlutenProtein Vegan substitute for meat
Xanthan GumFCCFood thickener, flavor enhancer
Yeast Extract Food additive in soups and sauces
Acesulfame-K E950/FCC Sweetener
Dextrose FCC/USPSweetener
D-Xylose BP/USP40% as sweet as Sucrose
Fructose FCCSimple Sugar / Sweetener
Mannitol BP/USPFood additive sweetener
Mixed Sweeteners Sweetner level can be controlled
Monk Fruit BlendSweetener
Sodium Cyclamate CP/NF30 to 50 times sweeter than Sucrose
Sodium Saccharin BP/USP300 to 500 times sweeter than Sucrose
Sorbitol   70%/Powder Sweetener and texturizing agent
Stevia90%95%98% 30 to 150 times sweeter than Sucrose
Stevia BlendBlends formulated to taste better
Sucralose E955/FCC/USP300 to 1000 times sweeter than Sucrose
XylitolBP/USP/FCCalmost as sweet as sugar but with less calories
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)Food GradePreservative, also treat Herpes, AIDS
Benzoic AcidBPWidely used preservative
Calcium Propionate GB/FCCBread and baking preservative
Citric Acid Mono/Anhy BP/USP/FCC/E330Widely used food preservative
Di Potassium Phosphate (DKP)97-98%Preservative, buffering agent, prevents coagulation
Erythorbic AcidFCCPreservative for cured meats, frozen vegetables
Natamycin USPWidely used cheese preservative
NisinFood GradeModel food preservative for especially milk products
Phosphoric Acid75%/85%Preservative and food additive for drinks, colas, jams
Potassium Sorbate E202/FCCPreservative for food, drinks, personal care products
Sodium Benzoate BP Preservative for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics
Sodium ErythorbateFCCAntioxidant retains color and flavor
Sodium Tripolyphosphate (STPP)95%Preservative in seafood, meat, poultry, animal feeds
Sodium/Potassiun Citrate BP/USP/FCC/E331Preservatives in gellies and jams.
Sorbic AcidE200/FCCPreservative used in cheese, bread and cosmetics
Vitamin A Acetate / Palmitate / PropionateRetinol, retinal pigment production
β-Carotene1%10%/20%Retinol, retinal pigment production
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) BP/USPConverts carbohydrates to energy
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) BP/USPMaintains body energy supply
Vitamin B3 (Nicotinic Acid/Nicotinamide)USPEssential nutrient Niacin
Vitamin B5 (D-Cal Pan) USPMakes blood cells
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl)BP/USPMaintain health of brain and nerves
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) USPMaintain health of brain and nerves
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) BP/EP/USPHealth of red blood cells and nerves
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid ) BP/EP/USPSupports immune system
Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol)CP/BP/USPHelps body absorb Calcium, Phosphorus
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)100/500/USPEssential for strong bones
Vitamin E (Alfha-Tocopherol) 50%/98%Maintains healthy skin and eyes
Vitamin H (D-Biotin) 2%/EP/USPMetabolizes protien, processes glucose
Vitamin K3 (Menadione) MNB/MSBHelp blood clot
Pre-Mixed VitaminsMultiple functions
Creatine Monohydrate0.999Exercise performance enhancer
InositolNFHair growth supplement
L-CarnitineUSPWeight loss supplement
L-Lysine HCl AJI92/USPEssential amino acid supplement
Lutein0.05Supplement for vision enhancement

An important class of “active” food supplements, Probiotics, contain live cultures of microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits. Although people often think of bacteria and other microorganisms as harmful “germs,” many microorganisms help our bodies function properly. For example, bacteria that are normally present in our intestines help digest food, destroy disease-causing microorganisms, and produce vitamins. Large numbers of microorganisms live on and in our bodies. Many of the microorganisms in probiotic products are the same as or similar to microorganisms that naturally live in our bodies. Products sold as probiotics include foods (such as yogurt), dietary supplements, and products that aren’t used orally, such as skin creams.

TNN has partnered with a leading producer of probiotics and can provide custom blends and concentrates up to 750 billion CFU/kg and also can mix any probiotics together to customize it to the industry (feed, food, supplements, dairy etc.). Our clients typically use them in their food manufacturing or repackage them for resale to their customers.  Several of our highly requested products are listed below. Please feel free to write to us for your requirements.

Product IDBillion
B. bifidum SD-6576100LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
B. breve SD-5206300LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
B. infantis SD-6669100LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
B. lactis SD-5219500LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
B. lactis SD-5859400LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
B. longum SD-5588120LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
B. longum SD-5844120LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
E. faecium SD-5843650LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. acidophilus SD-5212200LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
L. brevis SD-5214200LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
L. casei SD-5213300LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
L. casei SD-5842700LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. fermentum SD-5847400LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. gasseri DSM 16737100LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. gasseri SD-5585200LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
L. helveticus SD-5861150LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. lactis lactis SD-5848600LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. paracasei DSM 13434500LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. paracasei SD-5275400LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
L. plantarum SD-5209400LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
L. plantarum SD-5870700LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. reuteri SD-5865350LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. rhamnosus SD-5839500LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. sakei SD-6853150LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
L. salivarius SD-5851300LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
P. acidilactici SD-5866600LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
P. pentosaceus SD-5868900LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
S. thermophilus SD-5207400LiveBacCulture ConcentrateK-Dairy
S. thermophilus SD-584950LiveBacCulture ConcentratePareve
LP299v® Premium 500B500PremiumStandardizedPareve
L. paracasei DSM 13434 Select500SelectCulture ConcentratePareve
L. paracasei Select 300B300SelectStandardizedNO
L. plantarum DSM 6595 Select700SelectCulture ConcentratePareve
L. plantarum Select 600B600SelectStandardizedNO
L. rhamnosus DSM 6594 Select550SelectCulture ConcentratePareve
L. rhamnosus Select 200B200SelectStandardizedNO