Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, widely abbreviated as EDTA, is a polyamino carboxylic acid and a colourless, water-soluble 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
  • Preservative - Helps protect against food deterioration caused by micro-organisms
  • 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 Calcium disodium ethylenediamine-tetraacetate [(calcium ethylenedinitrilo) tetraacetate]; calcium di
European Union
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate or calcium disodium EDTA
Philippines
Approved Calcium Disodium Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetate
Austria
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Belgium
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Bulgaria
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Cyprus
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Czech Republic
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Denmark
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Estonia
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Finland
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
France
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Germany
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Greece
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Hungary
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Ireland
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Italy
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Latvia
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Lithuania
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Luxembourg
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Malta
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Netherlands
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Poland
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Portugal
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Romania
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Slovakia
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Slovenia
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Spain
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Sweden
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
United Kingdom
Approved Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA
Australia
Approved Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate or calcium disodium EDTA
New Zealand
Approved Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate or calcium disodium EDTA

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E385 - Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate: Muscle cramps , kidney damage, gastrointestinal problems, banned in some countries.

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Halal - yes

E385 - Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate: Salts of Malic Acid

Muslim Consumer Group

Synthetic substance - yes

E385 - Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate: Synthetic flavour, texture retainer, anti-gushing agent in beer, preservative, sequestrant and colour promoter. Causes mineral imbalance. Known enzyme and blood coagulant inhibitor. Gastrointestinal disturbances, blood in urine, kidney damage and muscle cramps are side effects.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E385 - Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate: Synthetic flavour, texture retainer, anti-gushing agent in beer, preservative, sequestrant and colour promoter. Causes mineral imbalance. Known enzyme and blood coagulant inhibitor. Gastrointestinal disturbances, blood in urine, kidney damage and muscle cramps are side effects.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E385 - Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate: Banned in Australia. Avoid it. Watch for imported goods. Canned soft drink, tinned white potatoes, salad dressings, egg products, oleomargarine, potato salad, lima beans, mushrooms, pecan pie filling, sandwich spreads

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E385 - Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate: Not permitted in Australia. Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Abdominal cramps, Interference with absorption of minerals.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Calcium Disodium EDTA
Calcium disodium 2-[2-[bis(2-oxido-2-oxoethyl)amino]ethyl-(2-oxido-2-oxoethyl)amino] acetate
Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetraacetate
Edetate calcium disodium
Sodium calcium edetate

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: 62-33-9
  • EINECS Number: 200-529-9

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