It is used as a food additive and often found in instant noodles, potato chips, and a variety of other snacks.

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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

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Disodium inosinate
European Union
Approved Disodium inosinate
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Disodium 5’-inosinate
Philippines
Approved Disodium Inosinate, 5'-
Austria
Approved Disodium inosinate
Belgium
Approved Disodium inosinate
Bulgaria
Approved Disodium inosinate
Cyprus
Approved Disodium inosinate
Czech Republic
Approved Disodium inosinate
Denmark
Approved Disodium inosinate
Estonia
Approved Disodium inosinate
Finland
Approved Disodium inosinate
France
Approved Disodium inosinate
Germany
Approved Disodium inosinate
Greece
Approved Disodium inosinate
Hungary
Approved Disodium inosinate
Ireland
Approved Disodium inosinate
Italy
Approved Disodium inosinate
Latvia
Approved Disodium inosinate
Lithuania
Approved Disodium inosinate
Luxembourg
Approved Disodium inosinate
Malta
Approved Disodium inosinate
Netherlands
Approved Disodium inosinate
Poland
Approved Disodium inosinate
Portugal
Approved Disodium inosinate
Romania
Approved Disodium inosinate
Slovakia
Approved Disodium inosinate
Slovenia
Approved Disodium inosinate
Spain
Approved Disodium inosinate
Sweden
Approved Disodium inosinate
United Kingdom
Approved Disodium inosinate
Australia
Approved Disodium 5’-inosinate
New Zealand
Approved Disodium 5’-inosinate

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Derived from animal products - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: Almost always made from animals and fish.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: May trigger gout symptoms, varied reactions reported. Prohibited in foods for infants and young children. Not recommended for asthmatics.

Additive Alert

Halal - maybe

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: In Europe if it is obtained from non alcoholic fermantation by bacteria on sugar or from sugarcane itself then it is Halal but if it is obtained from Torula yeast grown on alcohol then disodium Inosinate is not Halal. It is Halal in USA and Canada. Disodium Inosinate is used in Europe as flavor enhancer used in soups, gravies, sauces, fish and seafoods. Although it is a nucleotide but it is obtained through bacterial non- alcoholic fermantation on sugar or from sugarcane itself. It should not be confused with nucleotide from Torula yeast which grown alcohol or sugar cane which is used in infant baby formula.

Muslim Consumer Group

Biotechnology used in production - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: Additives that are manufactured in closed systems with the aid of genetically modified micro-organisms are not subject to labelling, provided that the additive in question has been purified and contains no micro-organisms.

UK Food Guide

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: From the Food Intolerance Network fact-sheet titled 'How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide'.

Food Intolerance Network

Halal - maybe

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: In Europe if it is obtained from non alcoholic fermantation by bacteria on sugar or from sugarcane itself then it is Halal but if it is obtained from Torula yeast grown on alcohol then disodium Inosinate is not Halal. It is Halal in USA and Canada. Disodium Inosinate is used in Europe as flavor enhancer used in soups, gravies, sauces, fish and seafoods. Although it is a nucleotide but it is obtained through bacterial non- alcoholic fermantation on sugar or from sugarcane itself. It should not be confused with nucleotide from Torula yeast which grown alcohol or sugar cane which is used in infant baby formula.

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: May be prepared from meat or sardines; not permitted in foods for infants and young children. Gout sufferers avoid. It is found in instant noodles, potato chips and snacks, savoury rice, tinned vegetables, cured meats, packet soup. Asthmatic people should avoid inosinates. As inosinates are metabolised to purines, they should be avoided by people suffering from gout.

MBM Foods

Genetically engineered - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: As the starting point for inosinates, inosinic acid may be manufactured with the aid of genetically modified organisms. However, in individual cases it cannot be verified if, and to what degree, this process is exploited commercially.

GMO Compass

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: NOT SAFE FOR BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN. Hyperactivity, Asthma, Urticaria, Insomnia. HARMFUL TO PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM GOUT OR RHEUMATISM. As this substance is not suitable for babies under six months we suggest it would be advisable for pregnant and lactating mothers to avoid it also unless/until it is proven safe in these circumstances.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: May be prepared from meat or sardines; may trigger gout, not permitted in foods for infants and young children

DFlock

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E631 - Disodium 5’-inosinate: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Disodium inosinate
Sodium 5'-inosinate
Sodium inosinate
IMP
disodium [(2R,3S,4R,5R)-3,4-dihydroxy-5-(6-oxo-3H-purin-9-yl)oxolan-2-yl]methyl phosphate
disodium-5'-inosinate
inosine 5'-monophosphate disodium salt hydrate

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: 4691-65-0
  • EINECS Number: 225-146-4

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