Ammonium carbonate, E503 (i), is a subclass of Ammonium carbonates (E503 ).

White powder or hard, white or translucent masses of crystals with an odour of ammonia. On exposure to air it becomes opaque and is finally converted into white porous lumps or powder (of ammonium bicarbonate) due to loss of ammonia and carbon dioxide.

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

  • Acidity regulator - Regulates the acidity or alkalinity of a food
  • Raising agent - A substance which increases dough volume by producing gas

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Ammonium carbonate
European Union
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Australia and New Zealand
Not Permitted
Philippines
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Austria
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Belgium
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Bulgaria
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Cyprus
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Czech Republic
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Denmark
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Estonia
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Finland
Approved Ammonium carbonate
France
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Germany
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Greece
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Hungary
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Ireland
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Italy
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Latvia
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Lithuania
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Luxembourg
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Malta
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Netherlands
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Poland
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Portugal
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Romania
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Slovakia
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Slovenia
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Spain
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Sweden
Approved Ammonium carbonate
United Kingdom
Approved Ammonium carbonate
Australia
Not Permitted
New Zealand
Not Permitted

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E503 - Ammonium carbonates: Can irritate mucous membranes and lead to skin and scalp irritations in some people.

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Causes allergic reaction - yes

E503 - Ammonium carbonates: Can irritate mucous membranes and lead to skin and scalp irritations in some people.

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Halal - yes

E503 - Ammonium carbonates: Miscellaneous - Acids and Salts: Carbonates

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E503 - Ammonium carbonates: Produced from ammonium sulphate and calcium carbonate, natural minerals. Mineral salt, adjusting and modifying agent. Irritant to mucous membranes, alters pH of urine and may cause loss of calcium and magnesium. Used in some medications, baked goods, baking powder, cocoa items confectionary, ice cream.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E503 - Ammonium carbonates: Produced from ammonium sulphate and calcium carbonate, natural minerals. Mineral salt, adjusting and modifying agent. Irritant to mucous membranes, alters pH of urine and may cause loss of calcium and magnesium. Used in some medications, baked goods, baking powder, cocoa items confectionary, ice cream.

MBM Foods

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E503 - Ammonium carbonates: Irritant to mucous membranes and stomach lining.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E503 - Ammonium carbonates: Irritant to mucous membranes

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E503 - Ammonium carbonates: Produced from ammonium sulphate and calcium carbonate, natural minerals. Mineral salt, adjusting and modifying agent. Irritant to mucous membranes, alters pH of urine and may cause loss of calcium and magnesium. Used in some medications, baked goods, baking powder, cocoa items confectionary, ice cream.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E503 (i) - Ammonium carbonate: Produced from ammonium sulphate and calcium carbonate, natural minerals. Mineral salt, adjusting and modifying agent. Irritant to mucous membranes, alters pH of urine and may cause loss of calcium and magnesium. Used in some medications, baked goods, baking powder, cocoa items confectionary, ice cream.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

503 (ii) - Ammonium hydrogen carbonate: Produced from ammonium sulphate and calcium carbonate, natural minerals. Mineral salt, adjusting and modifying agent. Irritant to mucous membranes, alters pH of urine and may cause loss of calcium and magnesium. Used in some medications, baked goods, baking powder, cocoa items confectionary, ice cream.

JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)

Ammonium carbonates.
sal volatile or Salt of hartshorn
Ammonia sesquicarbonate
Azane; carbonic acid
Carbonic acid diammonium salt
Diammonium carbonate
Hartshorn salt

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: 506-87-6
  • EINECS Number: 208-058-0

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