Hexamethylene tetramine or Hexamine is also used as a food additive as a preservative (INS number 239).

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

  • Preservative - Helps protect against food deterioration caused by micro-organisms

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
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European Union
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Australia and New Zealand
Not Permitted
Philippines
Not Permitted
Austria
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Belgium
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Bulgaria
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Cyprus
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Czech Republic
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Denmark
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Estonia
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Finland
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
France
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Germany
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Greece
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Hungary
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Ireland
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Italy
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Latvia
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Lithuania
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Luxembourg
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Malta
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Netherlands
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Poland
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Portugal
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Romania
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Slovakia
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Slovenia
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Spain
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Sweden
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
United Kingdom
Approved Hexamethylene tetramine
Australia
Not Permitted
New Zealand
Not Permitted

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Banned in some countries - yes

E239 - Hexamethylene tetramine: Hexamine is an antibacterial agent and a physiologically active compound due to the presence of N. It is manufactured using formaldehyde and ammonia, and prolonged ingestion may result in stomach upsets. Hexamine may be carcinogenic. Typical products include marinated fish. Avoid it. Banned in Australia.

MBM Foods

Halal - yes

E239 - Hexamethylene tetramine: Hexamine is prepared by the reaction of formaldehyde and ammonia and it a preservative.

Muslim Consumer Group

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E239 - Hexamethylene tetramine: Not permitted in Australia. Gastrointestinal upsets, Urinary upsets, Skin rashes, GENE MUTATIONS in animal studies, Cancer.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Linked to cancer - yes

E239 - Hexamethylene tetramine: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Hexamine
Aminoformaldehyde
Formamine
Hexamethylene tetramine
Hexamethylenetetramine
Methenamine
1,3,5,7-tetraazaadamantane
1,3,5,7-tetraazatricyclo(3.3.1.1(3,7))decane

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: 100-97-0
  • EINECS Number: 202-905-8

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