E327; Calcium Lactate
(in 539 products)

Potential Risk Index®:

ISCE InhaleISCE SwallowISCE ContactISCE Environment
PRI Legend


1. Acidity Regulator / Buffering Agent - Changes or maintains the acidity or basicity of food/cosmetics.
2. Antioxidant - Reduces oxidation to prevent the formation of free radicals which may be harmful to health.
3. Binder / Stabilizer - Retains the physical characteristics of food/cosmetics and ensure the mixture remains in an even state.
4. Dietary / Nutritional Supplement - Vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids or probiotics that improves nutritional intake
5. Flavor / Flavoring / Flavor Enhancer - Provides or enhances a particular taste or smell.
6. Gelling Agent / Thickener - Increases the viscosity by thickening the liquid to give it more texture
7. Leavening / Raising Agent - Causes or forms gas bubbles in food
Calcium lactate is the calcium salt of lactic acid. It is used as food additive and has a E number 327. It works as a firming agent, a flavor enhancer or flavoring agent, a leavening agent, a nutritional supplement, and a stabilizer and thickener.
Calcium lactate is an ingredient in some baking powders containing sodium acid pyrophosphate. It provides calcium in order to delay leavening. It is added to sugar-free foods to prevent tooth decay. When added to chewing gum containing xylitol, it increases the remineralization of tooth enamel. The compound is also added to fresh-cut fruits, such as cantaloupes, to keep them firm and extend their shelf life, without the bitter taste caused by calcium chloride, which can also be used for this purpose.
It is approved to use as food additive in EU and generally recognized as safe food substance in US.
Scientific References:
Regulatory References:
1. US FDA Food Additives Status List [2018]
- Calcium lactate
2. EU Approved Food Additive [2018]
- E327
3. Japan’s List of Designated Food Additives under Article 10 of the Food Sanitation Act
- Calcium Lactate
4. Canada List of Permitted Food Additives
- List 8 - Calcium Lactate
5. US FDA Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Food Substances (21 CFR 184) [2017]
- § 184.1207 - Calcium lactate

Safety and Hazards (UN GHS):

1. Causes serious eye irritation (H319)

Potential Health Benefits For:

1. Hypocalcemia (PubMed ID:1657745)
2. Muscle Cramp (PubMed ID:1657745)
3. Rickets (PubMed ID:3037475)
4. Thyrotoxicosis (PubMed ID:1657745)

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