From liquid to solid in consistency; white to pale yellow, may have the odour of acetic acid.

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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
  • Sequestrant - A substance which controls the availability of a cation
  • Stabiliser - A substance that maintains the uniform dispersal of substances in a food

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Country Status Matched Term
United States
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European Union
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol
Philippines
Approved Acetic and Fatty Acid Esters of Glycerol
Austria
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Belgium
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Bulgaria
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Cyprus
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Czech Republic
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Denmark
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Estonia
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Finland
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
France
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Germany
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Greece
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Hungary
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Ireland
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Italy
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Latvia
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Lithuania
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Luxembourg
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Malta
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Netherlands
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Poland
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Portugal
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Romania
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Slovakia
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Slovenia
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Spain
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Sweden
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
United Kingdom
Approved Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
Australia
Approved Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol
New Zealand
Approved Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol

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Synthetic substance - yes

E472a - Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol: Esters of synthetic fats, produced from glycerol, natural fatty acids and another organic acid (acetic, lactic, tartaric, citric). The fatty acids are mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The product generally is a mixture of different components, with a composition similar to partially digested natural fat esterified with other natural acids. Occurs in fruit skins and nuts. Emulsifier, stabiliser, coating agent, texture modifier, solvent and lubricant. Used in high fat bread, edible fats, whipped fats and meat products. No known adverse effects, but less frequently it may cause diarrhoea, thirst, dizziness and mental confusion. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Derived from plant products - yes

E472a - Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol: Esters of synthetic fats, produced from glycerol, natural fatty acids and another organic acid (acetic, lactic, tartaric, citric). The fatty acids are mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The product generally is a mixture of different components, with a composition similar to partially digested natural fat esterified with other natural acids. Occurs in fruit skins and nuts. Emulsifier, stabiliser, coating agent, texture modifier, solvent and lubricant. Used in high fat bread, edible fats, whipped fats and meat products. No known adverse effects, but less frequently it may cause diarrhoea, thirst, dizziness and mental confusion. Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.

MBM Foods

Halal - maybe

E472a - Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol: Emulsifiers and Stabilizers - salts or Esters of Fatty Acids If the fat source is from soy fat then it is Halal. If it is from pork fat then it is Haram. If it is from non zabiha beef then it is not Halal. If a claim appeared on food package "Suitable for Vegetarian" containing E-Number 472 then it means the E Number 472 is from soy fat. The food product is Halal if all other ingredients are Halal

Muslim Consumer Group

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E472a - Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol: No known adverse effects.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Derived from animal products - maybe

E472a - Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol: Possibly animal derived. Substances used in food, clothing, cosmetics and other products which are or can be taken from animals.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides
Acetoglycerides
Acetylated mono- and diglycerides

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.

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