Amorphous powder, glistening scales or spongy mass, varying in colour from yellowish white to light brown; odourless or with a faint, characteristic odour and an astringent taste.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Colour - Adds or restores the colour of a food
  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water
  • Stabiliser - A substance that maintains the uniform dispersal of substances in a food
  • Thickener - A substance that increases the viscosity of a food

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Tannic acid
European Union
Not Permitted
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Tannic acid or tannins
Philippines
Approved Tannic Acid (Tannins, Food Grade)
Japan
Unknown None
Austria
Not Permitted
Belgium
Not Permitted
Bulgaria
Not Permitted
Cyprus
Not Permitted
Czech Republic
Not Permitted
Denmark
Not Permitted
Estonia
Not Permitted
Finland
Not Permitted
France
Not Permitted
Germany
Not Permitted
Greece
Not Permitted
Hungary
Not Permitted
Ireland
Not Permitted
Italy
Not Permitted
Latvia
Not Permitted
Lithuania
Not Permitted
Luxembourg
Not Permitted
Malta
Not Permitted
Netherlands
Not Permitted
Poland
Not Permitted
Portugal
Not Permitted
Romania
Not Permitted
Slovakia
Not Permitted
Slovenia
Not Permitted
Spain
Not Permitted
Sweden
Not Permitted
United Kingdom
Not Permitted
Australia
Approved Tannic acid or tannins
New Zealand
Approved Tannic acid or tannins

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

181 - Tannic acid (Tannins): Large doses associated with gastric problems, kidney and liver damage.

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Derived from plant products - yes

181 - Tannic acid (Tannins): Clarifying agent in alcoholic drinks; derived from the nutgalls and twigs of oak trees; occurs naturally in tea. May cause gastric irritation.

MBM Foods

Gallotannic acid
INS No. 181
Acacia mollissima tannin
Castanea sativa mill tannin
Gallotannic acid
Glycerite
Quebracho wood extract
Quercus spp.
Quercus spp. philippines
Schinopsis lorentzii tannin
Sweet gum
Tannin from chestnut
Tannin from mimosa
Tannin from quebracho
Tannin from sweet gum
Tannins

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 1401-55-4
  • EINECS Number: 215-753-2

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