Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) is a derivative of cellulose with both water solubility and organic solubility.

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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
  • Foaming agent - Facilitates the formation of foam in a liquid or solid food
  • 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 Hydroxypropyl cellulose
European Union
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Philippines
Approved Hydroxypropyl Cellulose
Austria
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Belgium
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Bulgaria
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Cyprus
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Czech Republic
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Denmark
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Estonia
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Finland
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
France
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Germany
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Greece
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Hungary
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Ireland
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Italy
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Latvia
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Lithuania
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Luxembourg
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Malta
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Netherlands
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Poland
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Portugal
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Romania
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Slovakia
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Slovenia
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Spain
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Sweden
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
United Kingdom
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
Australia
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose
New Zealand
Approved Hydroxypropyl cellulose

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Halal - yes

E463 - Hydroxypropyl cellulose: Emulsifiers and Stabilizers - Cellulose and derivatives

Muslim Consumer Group

Banned in some countries - yes

E463 - Hydroxypropyl cellulose: Banned in Australia. Hydroxypropyl cellulose is quite soluble, and can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Avoid it.

MBM Foods

Derived from animal products - yes

E463 - Hydroxypropyl cellulose: Hydroxypropylcellulose is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically propylated. Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsfier. Similar as cellulose, but better soluble in water. many different products.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E463 - Hydroxypropyl cellulose: Not permitted in Australia.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Genetically engineered - yes

E463 - Hydroxypropyl cellulose: Cellulose is a by-product of cotton production GM-cotton is grown on a large scale in many countries and primarily in the USA, China and India. One may assume that a certain portion of cotton raw materials stem from GM plants. In the EU, numerous GM cotton plants are approved for use as food and feed. Cellulose and other additives derived from these GM cotton plants also are approved.

GMO Compass

Cellulose hydroxypropyl ether
Modified cellulose
Hydroxypropyl ether of cellulose
Hydroxypropylcellulose
Oxypropylated 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: 9004-64-2

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