Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis.

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

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

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Beeswax (bleached, white wax), Beeswax (yellow wax), Beeswax, white (cire d'abeille)
European Union
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Philippines
Approved Beeswax, White and Yellow
Austria
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Belgium
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Bulgaria
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Cyprus
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Czech Republic
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Denmark
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Estonia
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Finland
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
France
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Germany
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Greece
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Hungary
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Ireland
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Italy
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Latvia
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Lithuania
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Luxembourg
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Malta
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Netherlands
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Poland
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Portugal
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Romania
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Slovakia
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Slovenia
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Spain
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Sweden
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
United Kingdom
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
Australia
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow
New Zealand
Approved Beeswax, white and yellow

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E901 - Beeswax: Glazing agent, used to wax fruit, confectionary, chocolate, ice cream, snack food, slow release pills, etc. Occasionally causes allergic reactions when used in cosmetics.

MBM Foods

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E901 - Beeswax: Occasionally causes allergic reactions.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E901 - Beeswax: Glazing agent, used to wax fruit; see bee products; occasionally causes allergic reactions.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E901 - Beeswax: Occasionally causes allergic reactions in sensitive people

Additive Alert

Derived from animal products (not suitable for vegan) - yes

E901 - Beeswax: Not suitable for Vegans.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Beeswax (bleached, white wax), Beeswax (yellow wax), Beeswax, white (cire d'abeille)
White beeswax, cera alba wax
Yellow beeswax

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
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: 8012-89-3
  • EINECS Number: 232-383-7

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