Ingredient : nm (word coming from Latin in the present participle ingredient " go in "). An ingredient is an element that goes into the composition of a preparation or any mixture. For example: bringing together the ingredients of a sauce.
Definition of a culinary ingredient before 1991: A cooking ingredient is a substance, excluding food additives, used in the manufacture or preparation an commodity diet and present in the finished product (Codex Alimentarius 1981).
Definition of a culinary ingredient in Codex Alimentarius 1991: A cooking ingredient is a substance, including food additives, used in the manufacture or preparation of a food and present in the finished product although sometimes in a modified form.
Legally, in Europe, one speaks of "prepackaged foodstuff" to describe "the sales unit intended to be presented in the state to the final consumer and to the communities, constituted by a foodstuff and the packaging in which it was packaged before it is presented for sale, whether this packaging covers it entirely or only partially, but in any case in such a way that the content cannot be changed without the packaging being opened or modified; this definition does not cover food packaged at the point of sale at the consumer's request or prepackaged for immediate sale ”.