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

  • Antifoaming agent - Prevents or reduces foaming of foods
  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating

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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 Petrolatum NF & USP
European Union
Not Permitted
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Petrolatum or petroleum jelly
Afghanistan
Unknown None
Philippines
Not Permitted
Hungary
Not Permitted
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
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 Petrolatum or petroleum jelly
New Zealand
Approved Petrolatum or petroleum jelly

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Causes allergic reaction - yes

905b - Petroleum jelly (Petrolatum): Can inhibit absorbtion of digestive fats , allergic skin reactions possible in some people

Additive Alert

Synthetic substance - yes

905b - Petroleum jelly (Petrolatum): Synthetic mixture of hydrocarbons. May contain aromatic hydrocarbons and petrolatum extracts are listed as having teratogenic properties. May inhibit absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins, mild laxative.

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Linked to cancer - yes

905b - Petroleum jelly (Petrolatum): Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Petrolatum
Petrolatum
Vaseline
petrolatum white
petroleum jelly
red petrolatum
white petrolatum
white vaseline
yellow petrolatum

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 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: 232-373-2
  • EINECS Number: 8009-03-8

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