§ 172.872 - Methyl ethyl cellulose.
The food additive methyl ethyl cellulose may be safely used in food in accordance with the following prescribed conditions.
(a) The additive is a cellulose ether having the general formula [C
(b) The additive meets the following specifications:
(1) The methoxy content shall be not less than 3.5 percent and not more than 6.5 percent, calculated as OCH
(2) The viscosity of an aqueous solution, 2.5 grams of the material in 100 milliliters of water, at 20 °C, is 20 to 60 centipoises.
(3) The ash content on a dry basis has a maximum of 0.6 percent.
(c) The food additive is used as an aerating, emulsifying, and foaming agent, in an amount not in excess of that reasonably required to produce its intended effect.