White to creamy-white crystalline odourless solid.

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

  • Antioxidant - Protects a food from deterioration caused by oxidation

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

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

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E311 - Octyl gallate: From the Food Intolerance Network fact-sheet titled 'How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide'.

Food Intolerance Network

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E311 - Octyl gallate: Asthmatics and aspirin sensitive people should avoid, gastric and skin irritations. Prohibited in foods for infants and young children.

Additive Alert

Halal - yes

E311 - Octyl gallate: Antioxidants

Muslim Consumer Group

Derived from plant products - yes

E311 - Octyl gallate: Used to prevent rancidity in oily substances; derived from nutgalls; may cause gastric or skin irritation, gallates are not permitted in foods for infants and small children because of their known tendency to cause the blood disorder, methemoglobinemia; used in oils, margarine, lard and salad dressings, sometimes used in packaging

DFlock

Derived from plant products - yes

E311 - Octyl gallate: Used to prevent rancidity in oily substances; derived from nutgalls; may cause gastric or skin irritation, gallates are not permitted in foods for infants and small children because of their known tendency to cause the blood disorder, methemoglobinemia; used in oils, margarine, lard and salad dressings, sometimes used in packaging

DFlock

Synthetic substance - yes

E311 - Octyl gallate: Octyl gallate is synthesised by the esterification of gallic acid. It is used as an antioxidant in food, often with BHT (E321) and BHA (E320), although it has limited use as it is unstable at high temperatures. Typical products include oils and fats, cereals, snack foods, dairy produce.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E311 - Octyl gallate: NOT SUITABLE FOR BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN. Hyperactivity, Asthma, Urticaria, Insomnia, Gastric Irritation. As this substance is not suitable for babies under six months we suggest it would be advisable for pregnant and lactating mothers to avoid it also unless/until it is proven safe in these circumstances.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E311 - Octyl gallate: This antioxidant is used in numerous cosmetics and pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food products such as soaps, shampoos, shaving soaps, skin lotions, deodorants, margarine, and peanut butter. May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Dallic acid octyl ester
Octyl 3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoate
Octyl ester of 3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoic acid

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: 1034-01-1
  • EINECS Number: 213-853-0

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