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Permitted Stabilizer (E460(i))

Also Known As : Microcrystalline cellulose (Cellulose gel), 460 (i), Cellulose gel, Cellulose powder, Cellulose respirable fraction, Microcrystalline cellulose, Alpha-cellulose, Flour cellulose, Cellulose fibers


Taste Profile

It has no taste or odour.

Usage Tips

  1. Permitted Stabilizer (E460(i)) is used in food products like pasteurized cream, cheese, processed fruit, dried vegetables, etc.
  2. It is also widely used in vitamin supplements or tablets basically as a filler.

Common names and forms

  1. Emulsifier (INS 460(i))
  2. Emulsifying & Stabilizing Agents (INS 460)
  3. Stabilizer (460 (i))
  4. Stabilizer (460)
  5. Stabilizing AgentS (INS 460)
  6. Thickener E460


Permitted Stabilizer (E460(i)) also known as microcrystalline cellulose refers to refined wood pulp, in the form of a fine white to off-white powder. It is mainly used in food products as a texturizer (which helps food maintain uniform texture or consistency), an anti-caking agent (which helps to prevent food particles from sticking together), an emulsifier (which forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water), an extender (that helps bulk up the weight of a food), a bulking agent (a substance that increases food bulk) and a fat substitute in various food products such as pasteurized cream, cheese, processed fruit, dried vegetables, etc. It is also widely used in vitamin supplements or tablets.


Microcrystalline Cellulose may cause side-effects in some individuals. It may cause increased stool production, gas and bloating. Other side effects include depression, forgetfulness, lack of energy, and headaches. It may also cause allergic reaction resulting in rash, irregular heartbeat, and loss of hair.(1)

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