Talc, E553 (iii), is a subclass of Magnesium silicates (E553 ).

Odourless, very fine, white or greyish white crystalline powder; unctuous, adheres readily to the skin, free from grittiness.

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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
  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating

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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 Talc
European Union
Approved Talc
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Magnesium silicate or Talc
Philippines
Approved Talc
Austria
Approved Talc
Belgium
Approved Talc
Bulgaria
Approved Talc
Cyprus
Approved Talc
Czech Republic
Approved Talc
Denmark
Approved Talc
Estonia
Approved Talc
Finland
Approved Talc
France
Approved Talc
Germany
Approved Talc
Greece
Approved Talc
Hungary
Approved Talc
Ireland
Approved Talc
Italy
Approved Talc
Latvia
Approved Talc
Lithuania
Approved Talc
Luxembourg
Approved Talc
Malta
Approved Talc
Netherlands
Approved Talc
Poland
Approved Talc
Portugal
Approved Talc
Romania
Approved Talc
Slovakia
Approved Talc
Slovenia
Approved Talc
Spain
Approved Talc
Sweden
Approved Talc
United Kingdom
Approved Talc
Australia
Approved Magnesium silicate or Talc
New Zealand
Approved Magnesium silicate or Talc

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Linked to stomach and ovarian cancers. Respiratory problems.

Additive Alert

Banned in some countries - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Antacid, glaze, polish, release, anti-caking, dusting, coating agent. Avoid it. Banned in Australia.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Antacid, glaze, polish, release, anti-caking, dusting, coating agent. Avoid it. Banned in Australia.

MBM Foods

Halal - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Miscellaneous - Silicon Salts

Muslim Consumer Group

Banned in some countries - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Not permitted in Australia.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Banned in some countries - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Avoid it, banned in some countries.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Has been linked to stomach cancer, typical products are polished rice, chocolate, confectionary, icing sugar, noodles, medicinal tablets.

MBM Foods

Derived from minerals - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Has been linked to stomach cancer, typical products are polished rice, chocolate, confectionary, icing sugar, noodles, medicinal tablets.

MBM Foods

Linked to cancer - yes

E553 - Magnesium silicates: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Banned in some countries - yes

E553 (i) - Magnesium silicate, synthetic: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Antacid, glaze, polish, release, anti-caking, dusting, coating agent. Avoid it. Banned in Australia.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E553 (ii) - Magnesium trisilicate: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Antacid, glaze, polish, release, anti-caking, dusting, coating agent. Avoid it. Banned in Australia.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E553 (ii) - Magnesium trisilicate: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Antacid, glaze, polish, release, anti-caking, dusting, coating agent. Avoid it. Banned in Australia.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E553 (iii) - Talc: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Has been linked to stomach cancer, typical products are polished rice, chocolate, confectionary, icing sugar, noodles, medicinal tablets.

MBM Foods

Derived from minerals - yes

E553 (iii) - Talc: Produced from magnesium sulphate and sodium silicate or directly from minerals such as talcum, sepiolite and steatite Has been linked to stomach cancer, typical products are polished rice, chocolate, confectionary, icing sugar, noodles, medicinal tablets.

MBM Foods

Linked to cancer - yes

E553 (iii) - Talc: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Magnesium silicate
Talcum
Asbestine
Magnesium silicate talc
Talc (Mg3H2(SiO3)4)
Trimagnesium; dioxido(oxo)silane; hydroxy-oxido-oxosilane

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: 14807-96-6
  • EINECS Number: 238-877-9

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