Ammonium carbonates (E503) can be derived from a number or sources. E503 (i) - Ammonium carbonate; 503 (ii) - Ammonium hydrogen carbonate.

It is also known as baker's ammonia and was a predecessor to the more modern leavening agents baking soda and baking powder.

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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 carbonates
Australia and New Zealand
Not Permitted
Philippines
Matching Terms Not Found
Austria
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Belgium
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Bulgaria
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Cyprus
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Czech Republic
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Denmark
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Estonia
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Finland
Approved Ammonium carbonates
France
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Germany
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Greece
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Hungary
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Ireland
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Italy
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Latvia
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Lithuania
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Luxembourg
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Malta
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Netherlands
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Poland
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Portugal
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Romania
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Slovakia
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Slovenia
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Spain
Approved Ammonium carbonates
Sweden
Approved Ammonium carbonates
United Kingdom
Approved Ammonium carbonates
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

DFlock

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 carbonate
Ammonium bicarbonate
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
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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