It is added to other foods to give a sour taste, and is used as an antioxidant.

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

  • Acidity regulator - Regulates the acidity or alkalinity of a food
  • Antioxidant - Protects a food from deterioration caused by oxidation
  • Sequestrant - A substance which controls the availability of a cation

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Tartaric acid
European Union
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Tartaric acid
Philippines
Approved Tartaric Acid (L(+)-)
Austria
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Belgium
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Bulgaria
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Cyprus
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Czech Republic
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Denmark
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Estonia
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Finland
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
France
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Germany
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Greece
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Hungary
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Ireland
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Italy
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Latvia
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Lithuania
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Luxembourg
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Malta
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Netherlands
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Poland
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Portugal
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Romania
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Slovakia
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Slovenia
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Spain
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Sweden
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
United Kingdom
Approved Tartaric acid (L-(+))
Australia
Approved Tartaric acid
New Zealand
Approved Tartaric acid

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Halal - maybe

E334 - Tartaric acid, L(+)-: Miscellaneous - Tartaric Acid and its Salts It is Halal only if made from unfermented grapes such as in USA and Canada. But in some countries it is made from the deposit on the wine wooden barrel then it will not be Halal.

Muslim Consumer Group

Derived from plant products - yes

E334 - Tartaric acid, L(+)-: Food acid, obtained from unripe fruit, grape juice; in small quantities

DFlock

Synthetic substance - yes

E334 - Tartaric acid, L(+)-: Tartaric acid exists as a pair of enantiomers and an achiral meso compound. (+)-tartaric acid commonly occurs in nature and can be found in fruit, and sometimes in wine. Tartaric acid is industrially synthesised as a by-product during wine making, and it is used in food as an antioxidant and synergist to increase the antioxidant effect of other substances. It is also used as an acidity regulator and sequestrant. Excessive ingestion of tartaric acid results in laxative effects. Typical products include baking powder, chewing gum, jams, sweets, jelly, tinned fruit and vegetables, cocoa powder, frozen dairy produce.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E334 - Tartaric acid, L(+)-: In large quantities can cause gastric irritations.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Acidum tartaricum
(2R,3R)-2,3-dihydroxybutane dioic acid
(R-(R*,R*))-2,3-dihydroxybutane dioic acid
(2R,3R)-2,3-dihydroxybutanedioic acid
1,2-dihydroxyethane-1,2-dicarboxylic acid
2,3-dihydroxysuccinic acid
delta-alpha,beta- dihydroxysuccinic acid
(+)-tartaric acid
(+)-(R,R)-tartaric acid
(+)-L-Tartaric acid
(+)-laevo-tartaric acid
(2R,3R)-(+)-tartaric acid
(R,R)-tartaric acid
Delta-tartaric acid
L-tartaric acid
L-(+)-tartaric acid
Laevo-tartaric acid
Threaric acid

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: 1336-18-1
  • EINECS Number: 201-766-0
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