Ethyl cellulose is a derivative of cellulose in which some of the hydroxyl groups on the repeating glucose units are converted into ethyl ether groups.

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

  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating
  • 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 Ethyl cellulose
European Union
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Philippines
Approved ETHYL CELLULOSE
Austria
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Belgium
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Bulgaria
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Cyprus
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Czech Republic
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Denmark
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Estonia
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Finland
Approved Ethyl cellulose
France
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Germany
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Greece
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Hungary
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Ireland
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Italy
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Latvia
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Lithuania
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Luxembourg
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Malta
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Netherlands
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Poland
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Portugal
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Romania
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Slovakia
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Slovenia
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Spain
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Sweden
Approved Ethyl cellulose
United Kingdom
Approved Ethyl cellulose
Australia
Approved Ethyl cellulose
New Zealand
Approved Ethyl cellulose

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E462 - Ethyl cellulose: Ethylcellulose is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically ethylated. Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsifier. Few products, and no longer permitted as emulsifier in the EU. Acceptable Daily Intake: None determined. Side effects: Ethylcellulose is practically non soluble, but can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

MBM Foods

Derived from animal products - maybe

E462 - Ethyl cellulose: Ethylcellulose is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically ethylated. Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsifier. Few products, and no longer permitted as emulsifier in the EU. Acceptable Daily Intake: None determined. Side effects: Ethylcellulose is practically non soluble, but can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

MBM Foods

Ampacet e/c
Aquacoat
Aquacoat ecd 30
Cellulose ethyl ether
Cellulose ethylate
Ethocel 150
Ethocel med
Ethocel std
Nixon e/c
Triethyl cellulose

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: 9004-57-3

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