Magnesium stearate, 470 (iii), is a subclass of Salts of fatty acids (E470 ).

Magnesium stearate is also used to bind sugar in hard candies and is a common ingredient in baby formulas. Also used in salts, dry mixes and icing sugar.

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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
  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water
  • 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!

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United States
Approved Magnesium stearate
European Union
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Australia and New Zealand
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Malta
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Ireland
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Italy
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Sweden
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United Kingdom
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Australia
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New Zealand
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Philippines
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Canada
Approved Magnesium stearate
Austria
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Halal - maybe

E470 - Salts of fatty acids: Suitable for vegetarian label indicates that only vegetable fat is used as a source.

Muslim Consumer Group

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E470 - Salts of fatty acids: No known effects for food use. Emulsifier, stabiliser, artificial sweetener, anti-caking and release agent.

MBM Foods

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E470 - Salts of fatty acids: No known effects for food use. Emulsifier, stabiliser, artificial sweetener, anti-caking and release agent.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E470 - Salts of fatty acids: Avoid it, banned in some countries.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Banned in some countries - yes

E470 - Salts of fatty acids: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E470 - Salts of fatty acids: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Derived from plant products - yes

E470 - Salts of fatty acids: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E470 (i) - Salts of myristic, palmitic and stearic acids with ammonia, calcium, potassium and sodium: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Derived from plant products - maybe

E470 (i) - Salts of myristic, palmitic and stearic acids with ammonia, calcium, potassium and sodium: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E470 (i) - Salts of myristic, palmitic and stearic acids with ammonia, calcium, potassium and sodium: Not permitted in Australia. IN QUANTITY, can interfere with intestinal function.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Banned in some countries - yes

470 (ii) - Salts of oleic acid with calcium, potassium and sodium: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

470 (ii) - Salts of oleic acid with calcium, potassium and sodium: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Derived from plant products - maybe

470 (ii) - Salts of oleic acid with calcium, potassium and sodium: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

470 (iii) - Magnesium stearate: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

470 (iii) - Magnesium stearate: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Derived from plant products - yes

470 (iii) - Magnesium stearate: Banned in Australia. Salts of natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid. Emulsifiers and stabilisers. Can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Octadecanoic acid
Magnesium salt
Dibasic magnesium stearate
Magnesium distearate
Magnesium octadecanoate
Octadecanoic acid magnesium salt
Octadecanoic acid magnesium salt (2:1)

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: 557-04-0
  • EINECS Number: 209-150-3

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