With respect to food additive exposure, the EFSA emphasized that children are the most vulnerable group in the population. Due to a lack of information on food additive intake among German population, the study estimates dietary exposure to food additives in German infants, toddlers, children and adolescents.A database was created, including two recent dietary surveys (VELS and EsKiMo), which linked concentration data of food additives to a categorization system based on Council Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008. Dietary surveys were conducted in 2001/02 and 2006 and use one or two 3-day food records to provide consumption data for 2,034 infants, toddlers, children and adolescents aged 0.4 to 11 years. By using occurrence data of food additives in foods, a tier-2b approach was enabled to reduce uncertainties in regular tier-2 estimates.Exposure of high consumers with tier-2b estimates exceeded the ADIs of 17 food additives/ additives groups. Considering occurrence data in exposure assessment clearly reduces ex-posure to food additives. Tier-3b estimates for Norbixin, Lutein and Stearoyl-2-lactylates showed that high consumers exceeded the ADI.VELS and EsKiMo are a valid basis for estimating food additive exposure and are in line with EFSA recommendations for dietary exposure assessment. A tier-2b approach reflects a more realistic estimation of food additive intake and led to a reduction of exposure to some food additives under health-based threshold values. Toddlers are in generally the age group with the highest exposure but not to food colors and sweeteners.