Hydrochloric acid is a solution of hydrogen chloride (HCl) in water, that is a highly corrosive, strong mineral acid with many industrial uses. It is found naturally in gastric acid.

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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

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Hydrochloric acid
European Union
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Philippines
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Austria
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Belgium
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Bulgaria
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Cyprus
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Czech Republic
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Denmark
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Estonia
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Finland
Approved Hydrochloric acid
France
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Germany
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Greece
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Hungary
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Ireland
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Italy
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Latvia
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Lithuania
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Luxembourg
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Malta
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Netherlands
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Poland
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Portugal
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Romania
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Slovakia
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Slovenia
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Spain
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Sweden
Approved Hydrochloric acid
United Kingdom
Approved Hydrochloric acid
Australia
Approved Hydrochloric acid
New Zealand
Approved Hydrochloric acid

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E507 - Hydrochloric acid: Stomach and mouth irritant - some sources list as possible teratogen

Additive Alert

Halal - yes

E507 - Hydrochloric acid: Miscellaneous - Acids and Salts: Hydrochloric Acid and its Salts

Muslim Consumer Group

Biotechnology used in production - yes

E507 - Hydrochloric acid: HCl can be prepared commercially by the reaction of sulphuric acid with sodium chloride, or directly by reaction of hydrogen and chlorine gases; the reaction is very exothermic and takes place readily in sunlight or at elevated temperatures. The major use of HCl is in the manufacture of other chemicals, but other principle applications include metal pickling, gelatine, dyestuffs, casein, pharmaceuticals, synthetic rubber and metal chlorides manufacture. Large amounts of hydrochloric acid are used in effluent treatment and for the regeneration of ion exchange resins in water treatment. Produced in the stomach to aid digestion. May have teratogenic properties and may be carcinogenic when mixed with formaldehyde. Safe in small quantities. Mainly for the malting of beer, gelatine manufacture, cornflour. Other names: muriatic acid, chlorohydric acid.

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E507 - Hydrochloric acid: Intestinal ulceration, Haemorrhage, Perforation, Gastric ulceration, Nausea and Vomiting.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Linked to cancer - yes

E507 - Hydrochloric acid: Many chemical reactions involving hydrochloric acid are applied in the production of food, food ingredients, and food additives. Typical products include aspartame, fructose, citric acid, lysine, hydrolyzed vegetable protein as food enhancer, and in gelatin production. Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Muriatic acid
Chlorane
Chlorohydric acid
Hydrogen chloride
Muriatic acid

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: 7647-01-0
  • EINECS Number: 231-595-7

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