E466 - Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose

E466, also known as sodium carboxymethylcellulose, is a food additive used in the food industry, pharmaceuticals and other applications.


Sodium carboxymethylcellulose is chosen for its functional properties, particularly its role as a thickening and stabilizing agent in many products. Its use is widespread in the food industry due to its versatility and safety.

Characteristics of Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose (E466):

  • Common Name: Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose (E466)
  • Primary Function: Thickening agent, stabilizer.
  • Origin: Generally derived from cellulose, a substance found in plant cell walls.
  • Solubility: Soluble in water.

Common Applications:

  • Food Industry: Used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in various products such as sauces, soups, creams, ice creams, baked goods.
  • Pharmacy: Used in certain medications in tablet form to aid in the controlled release of active ingredients.
  • Cosmetic Industry: Present in some personal care products such as creams and lotions.


  • Viscosity: Increases the viscosity of liquid products, contributing to a thicker texture.
  • Stabilization: Helps stabilize emulsions and prevent ingredient separation.


  • Texture: Improves the texture and consistency of products.
  • Stability: Contributes to the stability of formulations across a range of conditions.
  • Release Control: In certain pharmaceutical applications, it can be used to control the release of active ingredients.
  • Compliance with Standards: The use of sodium carboxymethylcellulose is subject to strict food regulations to ensure its safety.
  • Safety: Generally considered safe for human consumption when used according to usage guidelines.
  • Storage: It must be stored under appropriate conditions to preserve its properties.

Data sheet

Chemical Formula
25kg bag

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