Colourless or white crystals or crystalline powder.

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

  • Flavour enhancer - Improves the taste and/or aroma of foods

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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 Glutamic acid
European Union
Approved Glutamic acid
Australia and New Zealand
Approved L-glutamic acid
Philippines
Approved Glutamic Acid (L(+)-)
Austria
Approved Glutamic acid
Belgium
Approved Glutamic acid
Bulgaria
Approved Glutamic acid
Cyprus
Approved Glutamic acid
Czech Republic
Approved Glutamic acid
Denmark
Approved Glutamic acid
Estonia
Approved Glutamic acid
Finland
Approved Glutamic acid
France
Approved Glutamic acid
Germany
Approved Glutamic acid
Greece
Approved Glutamic acid
Hungary
Approved Glutamic acid
Ireland
Approved Glutamic acid
Italy
Approved Glutamic acid
Latvia
Approved Glutamic acid
Lithuania
Approved Glutamic acid
Luxembourg
Approved Glutamic acid
Malta
Approved Glutamic acid
Netherlands
Approved Glutamic acid
Poland
Approved Glutamic acid
Portugal
Approved Glutamic acid
Romania
Approved Glutamic acid
Slovakia
Approved Glutamic acid
Slovenia
Approved Glutamic acid
Spain
Approved Glutamic acid
Sweden
Approved Glutamic acid
United Kingdom
Approved Glutamic acid
Australia
Approved L-glutamic acid
New Zealand
Approved L-glutamic acid

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: From the Food Intolerance Network fact-sheet titled 'How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide'.

Food Intolerance Network

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: Unsuitable for infants and children, allergic and hypersensitive reactions, headaches, nausea, sleeplessness

Additive Alert

Halal - maybe

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: Suitable for vegetarian label on the package indicates the source of L-Glutamic acid is from vegetable protein or it has to be under Halal or kosher certification. In USA/Canada it is kosher certified and meet the Halal requirements. L-Glutamic acid is also obtained from yeast and yeast can also grown on pork fat media then it is Haram. It happened in Indonesia few years back when Monosodium Glutamate is produced using pork fat media to grow yeast by Ajinomonto Indonesia. As it was reported on our website.

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: Natural amino acid (building block of protein). Commercially prepared from molasses by bacterial fermentation. Also prepared from vegetable protein, such as gluten, or soy protein. Glutamic acid and glutamates are present in all proteins. Free glutamates are present in high concentrations in ripened cheese, breast milk, tomatoes and sardines. Flavour enhancer, salt substitute used in sausages, seasoning, savoury snacks - many savoury foods. An amino acid present in many animal and vegetable proteins, derived commercially from bacteria; might cause similar problems as MSG (621), young children should avoid it. It could kill nerve cells, resulting in diseases such as Huntington's, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

MBM Foods

Contains soybeans - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: Natural amino acid (building block of protein). Commercially prepared from molasses by bacterial fermentation. Also prepared from vegetable protein, such as gluten, or soy protein. Glutamic acid and glutamates are present in all proteins. Free glutamates are present in high concentrations in ripened cheese, breast milk, tomatoes and sardines. Flavour enhancer, salt substitute used in sausages, seasoning, savoury snacks - many savoury foods. An amino acid present in many animal and vegetable proteins, derived commercially from bacteria; might cause similar problems as MSG (621), young children should avoid it. It could kill nerve cells, resulting in diseases such as Huntington's, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: Might cause similar problems as MSG(621), young children should avoid it.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Genetically engineered - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: A variety of processes exist for the industrial manufacture of glutamic acid. However, biotechnical procedures have gained significance. In the case of biotechnical processing, it may be assumed that genetically modified micro-organisms (Corynebacterium glutamicus) have been employed. Global market leaders in glutamic acid are Japanese concerns. Details on the organisms and their genetic properties used in Japanese production are not generally known. As is the case with all processes of fermentation, the employed micro-organisms utilise specific nutrients. These may be starch or glucose, for example, and derived from genetically modified plants such as maize.

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Derived from animal products - maybe

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: Flavour enhancer, salt substitute; amino acid present in many animal and vegetable proteins, derived commercially from bacteria; might cause similar problems as MSG(621), young children should avoid it

DFlock

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: Glutamic acid is often used as a food additive and flavour enhancer in the form of its salt, known as monosodium glutamate. Linked to hyperactivity.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Linked to cancer - yes

E620 - Glutamic acid, L(+)-: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Hydrochloride
L-alpha-aminoglutaric acid
L-2-amino-pentanedioic acid
Glutamic Acid
L-Glutamic acid
L-(+)-glutamic acid
(S)-2-aminoglutaric acid
(2S)-2-aminopentanedioic acid
(S)-(+)-glutamic acid
L-glutamic acid

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: 56-86-0
  • EINECS Number: 200-293-7
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