Hygroscopic and slightly yellowish odourless fibre or powder.

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

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Genetically engineered - yes

E465 - Methyl ethyl 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

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E465 - Methyl ethyl cellulose: Flatulence, intestinal upsets, diarrhoea

Additive Alert

Halal - yes

E465 - Methyl ethyl cellulose: Cellulose and derivatives

Muslim Consumer Group

Derived from plant products - maybe

E465 - Methyl ethyl cellulose: Methylethylcellulose is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically modified. Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsifier. Similar as cellulose, but with some different characteristics. for imitation cream and imitation ice cream. No known adverse effects. Methylethyl cellulose is not very soluble, and can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.

MBM Foods

Ethyl methyl cellulose
Cellulose ethyl methyl ether
Cellulose ethylmethyl ether
Cellulose methyl ethyl ether
Ethyl methyl cellulose
Ethylmethyl cellulose
Methylethyl 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

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

  • CAS Number: 9004-59-5

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