Potassium alginate is the potassium salt of alginic acid.

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

  • Bulking agent - A filler substance that increases food bulk without increasing available energy value significantly
  • 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
  • Foaming agent - Facilitates the formation of foam in a liquid or solid food
  • Gelling agent - Facilitates the formation of a gel to change food texture
  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating
  • Humectant - A substance that helps prevent food from drying out
  • Sequestrant - A substance which controls the availability of a cation
  • Stabiliser - A substance that maintains the uniform dispersal of substances in a food
  • Thickener - A substance that increases the viscosity of a food

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

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

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Halal - yes

E402 - Potassium alginate: Emulsifiers and Stabilizers - Alginates

Muslim Consumer Group

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E402 - Potassium alginate: Thickener and vegetable gum, derived from seaweed; used in custard mix, cordial, flavoured milk, ice blocks, thickened cream and yoghurt; in small quantities, large quantities can inhibit the absorption of some nutrients.

DFlock

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E402 - Potassium alginate: No known adverse effects in small quantities. Large quantities can inhibit the absorption of some nutrients.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Alginic acid potassium salt
Kelmar
Potassium polyalginate
Potassium polymannuronate
Stercofuge

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: 9005-36-1

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