More about E numbers from VRG

In an earlier entry, I quoted an email I received about pig fat and e numbers. A lot of people expressed interest in that entry and some commented on it so here is what VRG says about the E-numbers:

What are “E” numbers?

There are different words for different food ingredients across the world. In Europe, some food ingredients are noted as “E” numbers. Those that vegans and vegetarians will want to avoid include:

* E120 – cochineal (red food coloring made from crushed beetles)
* E542 – edible bone phosphate
* E631 – sodium 5′-inosinate
* E901 – beeswax
* E904 – shellac
* E920 – L-cysteine hydrochloride

Ingredients with the following “E” numbers may be animal derived: 101, 101a, 153, 203, 213, 227, 270, 282, 302, 322, 325, 326, 327, 333, 341a, 341b, 341c, 404, 422, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 470, 471, 472a, 472b, 472c, 472d, 472e, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 481, 482, 483, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 570, 572, 627, and 635. To read more go to: www.ivu.org/faq/food.html

E901 – beeswax most likely is not a problem

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Published in: on November 29, 2008 at 7:22 pm  Comments (18)  
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