White or slightly yellowish, almost odourless hygroscopic granules, powder or fine fibres.

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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
  • Firming agent - Helps maintain firmness of fruits and vegetables or interacts with gelling agents to strengthen food structure
  • Gelling agent - Facilitates the formation of a gel to change food texture
  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating
  • Humectant - A substance that helps prevent food from drying out
  • 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 Sodium carboxymethylcellulose (cellulose gum)
European Union
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
Philippines
Approved Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
Austria
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Belgium
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Bulgaria
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Cyprus
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Czech Republic
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Denmark
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Estonia
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Finland
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
France
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Germany
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Greece
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Hungary
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Ireland
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Italy
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Latvia
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Lithuania
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Luxembourg
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Malta
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Netherlands
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Poland
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Portugal
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Romania
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Slovakia
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Slovenia
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Spain
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Sweden
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
United Kingdom
Approved Carboxy methyl cellulose
Australia
Approved Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
New Zealand
Approved Sodium carboxymethylcellulose

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E466 - Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum): Suspected carcinogen, flatulence, intestinal discomfort, diarrhoea

Additive Alert

Halal - yes

E466 - Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum): Cellulose and derivatives

Muslim Consumer Group

Derived from plant products - yes

E466 - Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum): Carboxymethylcellulose is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically modified. No known adverse effects but it could be produced from genetically engineered cotton plants.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E466 - Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum): Known to cause cancer when ingested by test animals. Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsifier. Similar as cellulose, but very soluble in water. Found in many different products. Carboxymethyl cellulose is very soluble, and can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. It also lowers slightly the blood cholesterol level.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E466 - Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum): Known to cause cancer when ingested by test animals. Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsifier. Similar as cellulose, but very soluble in water. Found in many different products. Carboxymethyl cellulose is very soluble, and can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. It also lowers slightly the blood cholesterol level.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E466 - Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum): Intestinal obstruction

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Genetically engineered - yes

E466 - Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum): 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

Linked to cancer - yes

E466 - Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum): Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Carboxymethyl Cellulose
Cellulose gum
CMC
Na CMC
Sodium cellulose glycolate
Sodium CMC
Acetic acid; 2,3,4,5,6-pentahydroxyhexanal; sodium
Carboxymethyl cellulose sodium salt
Cellulose carboxymethyl ether sodium salt
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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: 9004-32-4
Supplier Country
Chemiplas Australia Pty Ltd
Australia
Hawkins Watts
Australia and New Zealand

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