Powdered cellulose, 460 (ii), is a subclass of Celluloses (E460 ).

Purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials; occurs as a white, odourless substance consisting of fibrous particles which may be compressed into self-binding tablets which disintegrate rapidly in water; exists in various grades exhibiting degrees of fineness ranging from a dense free flowing powder to a coarse, fluffy non-flowing material.

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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
  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water
  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating
  • Humectant - A substance that helps prevent food from drying out
  • 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 Powdered Cellulose
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Cellulose, powdered
Philippines
Approved Powdered Cellulose
France
Approved Cellulose en poudre
Austria
Approved
Belgium
Approved
Bulgaria
Approved
Cyprus
Approved
Czech Republic
Approved
Denmark
Approved
Estonia
Approved
Finland
Approved
Germany
Approved
Greece
Approved
Hungary
Approved
Ireland
Approved
Italy
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
Australia
Approved Cellulose, powdered
New Zealand
Approved Cellulose, powdered
Canada
Approved Cellulose
Argentina
Approved Celulosa en polvo
Brazil
Approved Celulose em pó

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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.

Additive Alert

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.

GMO Compass

Cellulose microcrystalline
Cellulose respirable fraction
Microcrystalline cellulose

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

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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