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E559 : Aluminium silicate

Kaolin, sodium calcium aluminiumsilicate

A fine usually white clay formed by the weathering of aluminous minerals (such as feldspar).

Function & Characteristics:
Used as anti-caking agent and carrier for aromas.

Instant coffee, milk powder, aromas. Main use, however, is in cosmetics and pharmaceutical preparations (antacid).

Acceptable daily intake (ADI):
None determined

Side effects:
None known

Dietary restrictions:
None. E559 can be used by all religious groups, vegetarians and vegans.


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