PEG's below 700 molecular weight occur as clear to slightly hazy, colourless, slightly hygroscopic liquids with a slight characteristic odour. PEG's between 700-900 are semi-solid. PEG's over 1000 molecular weight are creamy white waxy solids, flakes, or free-flowing powders.

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

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

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Polyethylene glycol
European Union
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Polyethylene glycol 8000
Philippines
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Austria
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Belgium
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Bulgaria
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Cyprus
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Czech Republic
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Denmark
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Estonia
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Finland
Approved Polyethylene glycol
France
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Germany
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Greece
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Hungary
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Ireland
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Italy
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Latvia
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Lithuania
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Luxembourg
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Malta
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Netherlands
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Poland
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Portugal
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Romania
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Slovakia
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Slovenia
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Spain
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Sweden
Approved Polyethylene glycol
United Kingdom
Approved Polyethylene glycol
Australia
Approved Polyethylene glycol 8000
New Zealand
Approved Polyethylene glycol 8000

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E1521 - Polyethylene glycol: Caused renal failure in some tests ; more info needed ; avoid it for now

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E1521 - Polyethylene glycol: Known to cause renal failure in burns victims.

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Biotechnology used in production - yes

E1521 - Polyethylene glycol: Humectants, wetting agent, dispersing agent, petroleum based; its glycerine like taste has made it popular for children's medications and other elixirs; used in many topical creams and ointments, cosmetics, hair products and deodorants; has been linked with fatal heart attacks (when given intravenously), central nervous system depression and cosmetic or pharmaceutical contact dermatitis.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E1521 - Polyethylene glycol: Artificial sweetener, anti-foaming agent. Known to cause renal failure in burns victims.

MBM Foods

Macrogol
PEG
alpha-hydro-omega-hydroxypoly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl)
polyethylene oxide (PEO) or polyoxyethylene (POE)

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: 25322-68-3
  • EINECS Number: 500-038-2

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