Anticaking Agent Silica (INS 551), is a widely used as a food additive in the form of an anticaking agent. When an anti-caking agent is placed in powdered or granulated materials, it prevents the formation of lumps and helps in easing packaging, transport, and consumption. Anticaking Agent Silica (INS 551) is derived from naturally occurring quartz, which is one of the most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust. It exists as white, fluffy powder that is produced through a wet process, yielding silica or silica gel.
Long term inhalation of silica dust may lead to issues in the lungs like silicosis (a irreversible lung disease), lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, increased risk of tuberculosis. Also, long-term exposure to silica may affect the kidney and increase the risk of autoimmune diseases.(1)
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