E462; Ethyl Cellulose
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1. Emulsifier - Allows water and oils to remain mixed together to form an emulsion.
Ethyl cellulose is a derivative of cellulose in which some of the hydroxyl groups on the repeating glucose units are converted into ethyl ether groups. The number of ethyl groups can vary depending on the manufacturer.
It is mainly used as a thin-film coating material for coating paper, vitamin and medical pills, and for thickeners in cosmetics and in industrial processes.
Food grade ethyl cellulose is one of few non-toxic films and thickeners which are not water soluble which allow it to be used to safeguard ingredients from water.
Ethyl cellulose is also used as a food additive as an emulsifier with E number 462.
It is approved to use as food additive in EU.
Scientific References:
Regulatory References:
1. EU Approved Food Additive [2018]
2. US FDA Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) (21 CFR 182) [2017]

Safety and Hazards (UN GHS):

1. Harmful if swallowed (H302)
2. May be harmful if swallowed (H303)
3. Harmful in contact with skin (H312)
4. May be harmful in contact with skin (H313)
5. Causes skin irritation (H315)
6. Causes serious eye irritation (H319)
7. May cause respiratory irritation (H335)
8. Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects (H412)

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