It is known as "queen of waxes" and usually comes in the form of hard yellow-brown flakes.

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

  • Acidity regulator - Regulates the acidity or alkalinity of a food
  • Bulking agent - A filler substance that increases food bulk without increasing available energy value significantly
  • Carrier - A substance used to dissolve, dilute or disperse a food additive or nutrient without altering its function; typically to improve handling/application.
  • 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 Carnauba wax
European Union
Approved Carnauba wax
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Carnauba wax
Philippines
Approved Carnauba Wax
Austria
Approved Carnauba wax
Belgium
Approved Carnauba wax
Bulgaria
Approved Carnauba wax
Cyprus
Approved Carnauba wax
Czech Republic
Approved Carnauba wax
Denmark
Approved Carnauba wax
Estonia
Approved Carnauba wax
Finland
Approved Carnauba wax
France
Approved Carnauba wax
Germany
Approved Carnauba wax
Greece
Approved Carnauba wax
Hungary
Approved Carnauba wax
Ireland
Approved Carnauba wax
Italy
Approved Carnauba wax
Latvia
Approved Carnauba wax
Lithuania
Approved Carnauba wax
Luxembourg
Approved Carnauba wax
Malta
Approved Carnauba wax
Netherlands
Approved Carnauba wax
Poland
Approved Carnauba wax
Portugal
Approved Carnauba wax
Romania
Approved Carnauba wax
Slovakia
Approved Carnauba wax
Slovenia
Approved Carnauba wax
Spain
Approved Carnauba wax
Sweden
Approved Carnauba wax
United Kingdom
Approved Carnauba wax
Australia
Approved Carnauba wax
New Zealand
Approved Carnauba wax

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Derived from plant products - yes

E903 - Carnauba wax: Derived from a South American palm; used in cosmetics and inks, and to wax fruit; occasionally causes allergic reactions

DFlock

Derived from plant products - yes

E903 - Carnauba wax: Derived from a South American palm; used in cosmetics and inks, and to wax fruit; occasionally causes allergic reactions

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Biotechnology used in production - yes

E903 - Carnauba wax: Natural polymer produced from the Canauba palm (Copernica cerifera ) and related species from Brazil. Used in cosmetics and inks, and to wax fruit, chocolates, cocoa products, chewing gum, confectionary, flavour carrier in drinks, savoury snacks, toppings. Occasionally causes allergic reactions (dermal eczema) and possible carcinogen.

MBM Foods

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E903 - Carnauba wax: Occasionally causes allergic reactions.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Derived from plant products - yes

E903 - Carnauba wax: Natural polymer produced from the Canauba palm (Copernica cerifera ) and related species from Brazil. Used in cosmetics and inks, and to wax fruit, chocolates, cocoa products, chewing gum, confectionary, flavour carrier in drinks, savoury snacks, toppings. Occasionally causes allergic reactions (dermal eczema) and possible carcinogen.

MBM Foods

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E903 - Carnauba wax: Rare skin allergy reported in sensitive people

Additive Alert

Halal - yes

E903 - Carnauba wax: Miscellaneous - Glazing Agents

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - no

E903 - Carnauba wax: Natural polymer produced from the Canauba palm (Copernica cerifera ) and related species from Brazil. Used in cosmetics and inks, and to wax fruit, chocolates, cocoa products, chewing gum, confectionary, flavour carrier in drinks, savoury snacks, toppings. Occasionally causes allergic reactions (dermal eczema) and possible carcinogen.

MBM Foods

Linked to cancer - yes

E903 - Carnauba wax: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

brazil wax
carnauba palm cera
carnauba wax
copernicia cerifera cera
copernicia cerifera wax
palm wax

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: 8015-86-9
  • EINECS Number: 232-399-4

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