Calcium sulfate (or calcium sulphate) is a common laboratory and industrial chemical. It is also used as a coagulant in products like tofu.

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

  • Firming agent - Helps maintain firmness of fruits and vegetables or interacts with gelling agents to strengthen food structure
  • Flour treatment agent - A substance that improves baking quality or colour of flour
  • Sequestrant - A substance which controls the availability of a cation
  • Stabiliser - A substance that maintains the uniform dispersal of substances in a food

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

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

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Derived from minerals - maybe

E516 - Calcium sulfate: Miscellaneous - Acids and Salts: Sulphuric Acid and its Salts

Muslim Consumer Group

Derived from minerals - yes

E516 - Calcium sulfate: Mineral salt occurs naturally in the form of gypsum, and may be used as a sequestrant in food as well as a buffer and firming agent. Artificial sweetener base, bleaching agent for bread rolls, flour, tinned tomatoes, soy tofu, dried egg, cheese products, tooth paste. Used in mortar, cement and plaster of Paris. Derived from limestone. No known adverse effects.

MBM Foods

Derived from minerals - yes

E516 - Calcium sulfate: Derived from limestone.

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Calcium sulphate
Anhydrite
Anhydrous calcium sulfate
Anhydrous sulfate of lime
c.i. 77231
Calcium sulfate (1:1)
Calcium sulfate (CaSO4)
Caswell no. 152
Crysalba
Drierite
Gypsum (CaSO4)
Karstenite
Muriacite
Natural anhydrite
Pigment white 25
Plaster of paris (CaSO4)
Plaster of paris anhydrite
Satin white
Sulfuric acid calcium salt
Sulfuric acid calcium salt (1:1)
Terra alba
Thiolite

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: 7778-18-9
  • EINECS Number: 231-900-3
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