It is a colourless crystal or white powder and is obtained when calcium oxide (called lime or quicklime) is mixed, or "slaked" with water.

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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
  • Firming agent - Helps maintain firmness of fruits and vegetables or interacts with gelling agents to strengthen food structure

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

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

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Derived from minerals - yes

E526 - Calcium hydroxide: Mineral salt made from lime as a firming and neutralising agent used in making beer, soap and glazing pretzels, infant formula as a mineral, cocoa products, sour cream, edible fats and oils, jam, tinned vegetables. Strong alkali used as acidity regulator, for example in wine. A solution of calcium hydroxide can be used to preserve eggs. A solution of calcium hydroxide and sugar (1:3) is used to regulate the acidity in frozen products. In strengthens the structure of vegetables during processing. No adverse effects in small quantities.

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Recommended for consumption by children - yes

E526 - Calcium hydroxide: Mineral salt made from lime as a firming and neutralising agent used in making beer, soap and glazing pretzels, infant formula as a mineral, cocoa products, sour cream, edible fats and oils, jam, tinned vegetables. Strong alkali used as acidity regulator, for example in wine. A solution of calcium hydroxide can be used to preserve eggs. A solution of calcium hydroxide and sugar (1:3) is used to regulate the acidity in frozen products. In strengthens the structure of vegetables during processing. No adverse effects in small quantities.

MBM Foods

Recommended for consumption by children - yes

E526 - Calcium hydroxide: No adverse effects in small quantities.

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Slaked lime
Lime
Calcium dihydroxide

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: 1305-62-0
  • EINECS Number: 215-137-3
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Australia and New Zealand

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