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Table 4 Food additives containing or consisting of aluminum, according to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health [22]

From: Migration of aluminum from food contact materials to food—a health risk for consumers? Part I of III: exposure to aluminum, release of aluminum, tolerable weekly intake (TWI), toxicological effects of aluminum, study design, and methods

E-number Designation Maximal concentration (mg/L) or (mg/kg) Limitations Use
173 Aluminuma Quantum satis (The maximum amount is not listed as such. The substances are, however, used according to accepted manufacturing practices, only in amounts that are required to achieve the desired effect and under the condition that the consumer is not misled) Only external coating of sugar confectionery for the decoration of cakes and pastries Colorant
Aluminum sulfates 200 (expressed as aluminum) Only candied, crystallized or glacé fruit and vegetablesb; 520–523 may be added individually or in combination Firming agent
30 (expressed as aluminum) Only egg whitec
541 Sodium aluminum phosphate acidic 1000d (expressed as aluminum) Only scones and sponge waresd Raising agent
554 Sodium aluminum silicate 15,000 mg/kg in the preparation In fat soluble vitamin preparations Release agent
20 mg/kg carry over in cheese Only for salt intended for surface treatment of ripened cheese, food category 01.7.2e
555 Potassium aluminum silicate 90% relative to the pigment In E 171 titanium dioxide and E 172 iron oxides and hydroxides Release agent
556 Calcium aluminum silicatef    Release agent
558 Bentoniteg    Substrate for colorants
1452 Starch aluminum octenyl succinate 35,000 mg/kg in final food In food supplements as defined in Directive 2002/46/EC due to its use in vitamin preparations for encapsulation purposes only  
  1. Amended according to regulation (EU) No. 380/2012 [39] from 3 May 2012
  2. aCategory “Other confectionery including breath freshening microsweets” [Category 05.02 of regulation (EC) 1333/2008] [40] period of application: until 31 January 2014
  3. bOnly candied cherries period of application: from 1 February 2014
  4. cPeriod of application: from 1 February 2014 (E 520 aluminum sulfate) for liquid egg white for egg foams only
  5. dOnly sponge cakes produced from contrasting colored segments held together by jam or spreading jelly and encased by a flavored sugar paste (the maximum limit applies only to the sponge part of the cake) period of application: from 1 February 2014
  6. eNewly certified for this application on 1 February 2014
  7. fAuthorized until 31 January 2014
  8. gAuthorized until 31 May 2013