Used in salts, icing sugar, dry mixes and spices such as cayenne pepper and chilli powder to prevent clumping and keep them free flowing. Silica aerogel: a microcellular silica occurring as a fluffy powder or granules Hydrated silica: a precipitated, hydrated silicon dioxide occurring as a fine, white, amorphous powder, or as beads or granules.

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

  • Anticaking agent - Helps prevent food particles from sticking together

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Silicon dioxide
European Union
Approved Silicon dioxide
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Silicon dioxide, amorphous
Philippines
Approved Silicon Dioxide (Amorphous)
Austria
Approved Silicon dioxide
Belgium
Approved Silicon dioxide
Bulgaria
Approved Silicon dioxide
Cyprus
Approved Silicon dioxide
Czech Republic
Approved Silicon dioxide
Denmark
Approved Silicon dioxide
Estonia
Approved Silicon dioxide
Finland
Approved Silicon dioxide
Germany
Approved Silicon dioxide
Greece
Approved Silicon dioxide
Hungary
Approved Silicon dioxide
Ireland
Approved Silicon dioxide
Italy
Approved Silicon dioxide
Latvia
Approved Silicon dioxide
Lithuania
Approved Silicon dioxide
Luxembourg
Approved Silicon dioxide
Malta
Approved Silicon dioxide
Netherlands
Approved Silicon dioxide
Poland
Approved Silicon dioxide
Portugal
Approved Silicon dioxide
Romania
Approved Silicon dioxide
Slovakia
Approved Silicon dioxide
Slovenia
Approved Silicon dioxide
Spain
Approved Silicon dioxide
Sweden
Approved Silicon dioxide
United Kingdom
Approved Silicon dioxide
Australia
Approved Silicon dioxide, amorphous
New Zealand
Approved Silicon dioxide, amorphous
France
Approved Dioxyde de silicium
Canada
Approved Silicon Dioxide
Argentina
Approved Silicio dióxido, sílice
Brazil
Approved Dióxido de silício, sílica

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Halal - yes

E551 - Silicon dioxide, amorphous: Miscellaneous - Silicon Salts

Muslim Consumer Group

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E551 - Silicon dioxide, amorphous: From sand or Quartz. No adverse effects are known in food use. Artificial sweetener, anti-caking agent, thickener and stabiliser in beer, confectionary, sausages, dried milk - huge range of foods.

MBM Foods

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E551 - Silicon dioxide, amorphous: No adverse effects are known in food use.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Silica
c.i. 7811
Cab-o-sil
Diatomaceous earth calcined
Diatomaceous silica
Dioxosilane
Pigment White 27
Silanox 101
Siliceous earth
Silicon dioxide
Solum diatomeae
White carbon

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

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 7631-86-9
  • EINECS Number: 231-545-4
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