Agar (agar-agar) can be used as a laxative, a vegetarian gelatin substitute, a thickener for soups, in fruit preserves, ice cream, and other desserts, as a clarifying agent in brewing, and for sizing paper and fabrics.

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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
  • 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
  • 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 Agar-agar
European Union
Approved Agar
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Agar
Philippines
Approved Agar
Austria
Approved Agar
Belgium
Approved Agar
Bulgaria
Approved Agar
Cyprus
Approved Agar
Czech Republic
Approved Agar
Denmark
Approved Agar
Estonia
Approved Agar
Finland
Approved Agar
France
Approved Agar
Germany
Approved Agar
Greece
Approved Agar
Hungary
Approved Agar
Ireland
Approved Agar
Italy
Approved Agar
Latvia
Approved Agar
Lithuania
Approved Agar
Luxembourg
Approved Agar
Malta
Approved Agar
Netherlands
Approved Agar
Poland
Approved Agar
Portugal
Approved Agar
Romania
Approved Agar
Slovakia
Approved Agar
Slovenia
Approved Agar
Spain
Approved Agar
Sweden
Approved Agar
United Kingdom
Approved Agar
Australia
Approved Agar
New Zealand
Approved Agar

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E406 - Agar: Very large quantities can cause flatulence and distention, Possibly intestinal obstruction

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E406 - Agar: Thickener and vegetable gum derived from red seaweed; sometimes used as a laxative, found in manufactured meats and ice cream.

DFlock

Halal - yes

E406 - Agar: Emulsifiers and Stabilizers - other plant gums

Muslim Consumer Group

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Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
UK Food Guide
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 9002-18-0
  • EINECS Number: 232-658-1
Supplier Country
Chemiplas Australia Pty Ltd Chemiplas Australia Pty Ltd
Australia
Hawkins Watts Hawkins Watts
Australia and New Zealand

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