It is a hydrophilic white powder in pure form and dissolves in cold (but not in hot) water, forming a clear viscous solution or gel.

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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
  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water
  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating
  • 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 Methylcellulose (USP methylcellulose)
European Union
Approved Methyl cellulose
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Methyl cellulose
Philippines
Approved Methyl Cellulose
Austria
Approved Methyl cellulose
Belgium
Approved Methyl cellulose
Bulgaria
Approved Methyl cellulose
Cyprus
Approved Methyl cellulose
Czech Republic
Approved Methyl cellulose
Denmark
Approved Methyl cellulose
Estonia
Approved Methyl cellulose
Finland
Approved Methyl cellulose
France
Approved Methyl cellulose
Germany
Approved Methyl cellulose
Greece
Approved Methyl cellulose
Hungary
Approved Methyl cellulose
Ireland
Approved Methyl cellulose
Italy
Approved Methyl cellulose
Latvia
Approved Methyl cellulose
Lithuania
Approved Methyl cellulose
Luxembourg
Approved Methyl cellulose
Malta
Approved Methyl cellulose
Netherlands
Approved Methyl cellulose
Poland
Approved Methyl cellulose
Portugal
Approved Methyl cellulose
Romania
Approved Methyl cellulose
Slovakia
Approved Methyl cellulose
Slovenia
Approved Methyl cellulose
Spain
Approved Methyl cellulose
Sweden
Approved Methyl cellulose
United Kingdom
Approved Methyl cellulose
Australia
Approved Methyl cellulose
New Zealand
Approved Methyl cellulose

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Halal - yes

E461 - Methyl cellulose : Emulsifiers and Stabilizers - Cellulose and derivatives

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E461 - Methyl cellulose : Prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically methylated. Thickener, emulsifier in baked food, diabetic food, soft and fizzy drinks, jelly, jam and many of 410. Can cause flatulence, distension, intestinal obstruction.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E461 - Methyl cellulose : Can cause flatulence, distension, intestinal obstruction

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E461 - Methyl cellulose : Can cause flatulence, distension, intestinal obstruction

DFlock

Cellulose methyl ether
Cellulose methylate

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
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: 9004-67-5
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