Does an official comprehensive list of the E-numbers exists?

I'm thinking of something along what the Wikipedia page provides:

  • Number
  • Role
  • Name
  • Description
  • Approval
  • Notes

An example of an entry could be:

  • E110
  • Colour
  • Sunset Yellow FCF
  • Used to grand a yellow-orange colour
  • Approved in the European Union, approved in the United States of America, banned in Norway
  • Products in the European Union require warnings and its use is being phased-out

These informations can be found scattered around the internet, but I've not yet been able to find a single page containing all of them besides the Wikipedia article (not that I've anything against Wikipedia, but I'd like an official source instead of a page anyone can edit and whose accuracy can't be guaranteed), lLooking up the informations through 4/5 documents every time is impractical.

At the moment I've been able to find these official documents:

  • I don't know that such a single compendium exists, but it seems like it would be a worthy addition to Wikipedia if you were willing to compile it from the disparate sources.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Aug 18, 2013 at 14:33
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    I'm guessing the really unlikely thing here is to find an official source with information for both the EU and the US. Something published by the US government is a lot less likely to also have the EU information. (And if it does, it's not "official" information for the EU.)
    – Cascabel
    Aug 18, 2013 at 15:53
  • As Jefromi says, docs are official in different juristictions, I suggest to look at the wikipedia pages notes, a quick check gave me this that looks quite good and comprehencive (but to many for me to check..), but if you want US official you might have to find another link.
    – Stefan
    Aug 18, 2013 at 23:42
  • There is a book called food additives which contains many of them. They may have other references that'd be useful.
    – MandoMando
    Aug 18, 2013 at 23:42
  • I'm not sure if the US even uses them normally. (we have 'yellow dye #5' and names like that over here). Another place that you might try asking is on OpenData.SE
    – Joe
    Oct 8, 2013 at 11:22

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The E numbers are standardized across all EU nations. I'm not even aware if non EU nations use them?

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