Magnesium silicates (E553) can be derived from a number or sources. E553 (i) - Magnesium silicate, synthetic; E553 (ii) - Magnesium trisilicate; E553 (iii) - Talc.

Talc is also used as food additive or in pharmaceutical products as a glidant. In medicine talc is used as a pleurodesis agent to prevent recurrent pleural effusion or pneumothorax.

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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

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Magnesium silicate
European Union
Approved Magnesium silicate
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Magnesium silicate or Talc
Austria
Approved Magnesium silicate
Belgium
Approved Magnesium silicate
Bulgaria
Approved Magnesium silicate
Cyprus
Approved Magnesium silicate
Czech Republic
Approved Magnesium silicate
Denmark
Approved Magnesium silicate
Estonia
Approved Magnesium silicate
Finland
Approved Magnesium silicate
Germany
Approved Magnesium silicate
Greece
Approved Magnesium silicate
Hungary
Approved Magnesium silicate
Ireland
Approved Magnesium silicate
Italy
Approved Magnesium silicate
Latvia
Approved Magnesium silicate
Lithuania
Approved Magnesium silicate
Luxembourg
Approved Magnesium silicate
Malta
Approved Magnesium silicate
Netherlands
Approved Magnesium silicate
Poland
Approved Magnesium silicate
Portugal
Approved Magnesium silicate
Romania
Approved Magnesium silicate
Slovakia
Approved Magnesium silicate
Slovenia
Approved Magnesium silicate
Spain
Approved Magnesium silicate
Sweden
Approved Magnesium silicate
United Kingdom
Approved Magnesium silicate
Australia
Approved Magnesium silicate or Talc
New Zealand
Approved Magnesium silicate or Talc
France
Approved Silicate de magnésium
Philippines
Approved Magnesium Silicate
Canada
Approved Magnesium silicate
Argentina
Approved Magnesio silicato
Brazil
Approved Silicato de magnésio

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

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

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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

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
Talc
Florisil
Magnesium trisilicate
Silicic acid magnesium salt (1:1)

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: 1343-88-0
  • EINECS Number: 215-681-1

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