Particularly low grade, highly contentious or excessively vague ingredient we usually recommend avoiding
EC permitted additives in dog food
The EU has listed over 4000 artificial additives which may be added to foods and 'EU permitted additives' covers them all. Although many are harmless or even beneficial, it also includes chemical flavourings and colourings (many of which have been linked to behavioural problems and other health concerns) and artificial preservatives like BHA and BHT which have been identified as possible causes of cancer. For many nutritionists, 'EU permitted additives' is the number one ingredient to avoid.