Microcrystalline cellulose (Cellulose gel), 460 (i), is a subclass of Celluloses (E460 ).

Microcrystalline cellulose is a term for refined wood pulp and is used as a texturizer, an anti-caking agent, a fat substitute, an emulsifier, an extender, and a bulking agent in food production.

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

  • Anticaking agent - Helps prevent food particles from sticking together
  • Bulking agent - A filler substance that increases food bulk without increasing available energy value significantly
  • Carrier - A substance used to dissolve, dilute or disperse a food additive or nutrient without altering its function; typically to improve handling/application.
  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water
  • Foaming agent - Facilitates the formation of foam in a liquid or solid food
  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating
  • Stabiliser - A substance that maintains the uniform dispersal of substances in a food
  • Thickener - A substance that increases the viscosity of a food

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Microcrystalline cellulose
European Union
Approved Microcrystalline Cellulose
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Cellulose microcrystalline
Philippines
Approved Microcrystalline Cellulose
Cyprus
Not Permitted
Italy
Not Permitted
Australia
Approved Cellulose microcrystalline
New Zealand
Approved Cellulose microcrystalline
Austria
Approved
Belgium
Approved
Bulgaria
Approved
Czech Republic
Approved
Denmark
Approved
Estonia
Approved
Finland
Approved
France
Approved Cellulose microcristalline
Germany
Approved
Greece
Approved
Hungary
Approved
Ireland
Approved
Latvia
Approved
Lithuania
Approved
Luxembourg
Approved
Malta
Approved
Netherlands
Approved
Poland
Approved
Portugal
Approved
Romania
Approved
Slovakia
Approved
Slovenia
Approved
Spain
Approved
Sweden
Approved
United Kingdom
Approved
Canada
Approved
Argentina
Approved Celulosa microcristalina
Brazil
Approved Celulose microcristalina

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Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E460 - Celluloses: Anti-caking agent; no adverse effects known

DFlock

Halal - yes

E460 - Celluloses: Emulsifiers and Stabilizers - Cellulose and derivatives

Muslim Consumer Group

Banned in some countries - yes

E460 - Celluloses: Most sources regard as safe although banned in UK in baby food only.

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Genetically engineered - yes

E460 - Celluloses: Cellulose is a by-product of cotton production GM-cotton is grown on a large scale in many countries and primarily in the USA, China and India. One may assume that a certain portion of cotton raw materials stem from GM plants. In the EU, numerous GM cotton plants are approved for use as food and feed. Cellulose and other additives derived from these GM cotton plants also are approved.

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Cellulose gel
Cellulose powder
Cellulose respirable fraction
Microcrystalline cellulose
alpha-cellulose
flour cellulose
cellulose fibers

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
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: 9004-34-6
  • EINECS Number: 232-674-9

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