Cream-coloured and exists as flakes or as a waxy solid at 25o with a faint odour.

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

  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water

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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 Polyoxyethylene (40) monostearate
European Union
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Philippines
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) Stearate
Austria
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Belgium
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Bulgaria
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Cyprus
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Czech Republic
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Denmark
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Estonia
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Finland
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
France
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Germany
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Greece
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Hungary
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Ireland
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Italy
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Latvia
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Lithuania
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Luxembourg
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Malta
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Netherlands
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Poland
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Portugal
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Romania
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Slovakia
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Slovenia
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Spain
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Sweden
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
United Kingdom
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Australia
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
New Zealand
Approved Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E431 - Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate: Suspected carcinogen, skin allergies - new to standard

Additive Alert

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E431 - Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate: Suspected carcinogen, skin allergies - new to standard

Additive Alert

Halal - yes

E431 - Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate: Fatty Acid derivatives. Suitable for vegetarian label indicates that only vegetable fat is used as a source.

Muslim Consumer Group

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E431 - Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate: Skin allergy in some people. Synthetic compound, produced from ethylene oxide (a synthetic compound) and stearic acid (a natural fatty acid). Emulsifier, stabiliser. Used in bakery products, puddings, etc.

MBM Foods

Synthetic substance - yes

E431 - Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate: Skin allergy in some people. Synthetic compound, produced from ethylene oxide (a synthetic compound) and stearic acid (a natural fatty acid). Emulsifier, stabiliser. Used in bakery products, puddings, etc.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E431 - Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate: Skin problems, gastrointestinal problems, urinary tract problems, kidney stones.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Linked to cancer - yes

E431 - Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Polyoxyl (40) stearate
Polyoxyethylene (40) monostearate
Glycol polyethylene monostearate #40
Macrogol stearate 2000
Polyethylene glycol monostearate #40
Polyoxyethylene (40) monostearate
Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate

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

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

  • CAS Number: 9004-99-3

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