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Defoaming Agent

Posted on November 04, 2013 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

This entry was just added to our Food Ingredients Guide:

Defoaming agent
Alternate names: defoamer, antifoaming agent, antifoamer, foam inhibitor
Commercial source: petrochemical-mineral, petrochemical-vegetable, vegetable, animal
Used in: cane and sugar beet processing; fermentation used to make enzymes, amino acids, etc.; processing of baked goods, coffee, fruit juice, instant soups and noodles and many other products; many industrial applications
Used for: reducing, eliminating or preventing the formation of foam during the processing of foodstuffs (e.g., cane sugar) and during a food or beverage product’s manufacture or consumption
Definition: Used widely in many food industries, defoamers control undesirable foam production.
Common Examples: dimethylpolysiloxane, polysorbate 60, polyethylene glycol, hydroxylated lecithin, magnesium stearate, fatty acids
Manufacturers: Organic Defoamer Group, Emerald Performance Materials
Classification: Typically Vegan
Definition added: October 2013

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