Calcium alginate is a water-insoluble, gelatinous, cream coloured substance that can be created through the addition of aqueous calcium chloride to aqueous sodium alginate.

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

  • Antifoaming agent - Prevents or reduces foaming of foods
  • 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.
  • 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

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

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

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Halal - yes

E404 - Calcium alginate: Emulsifiers and Stabilizers - Alginates

Muslim Consumer Group

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E404 - Calcium 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

E404 - Calcium alginate: http://www.angelfire.com/ms/OzConnection/foodadd.html

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

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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: 9005-35-0

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