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Calcium Chloride

Posted on April 16, 2014 by The VRG Blog Editor

By Jeanne Yacoubou
The Vegetarian Resource Group Research Director

Alternate names: calcium dichloride, E509
Commercial source: mineral
Used in: canned fruits and vegetables, canned beans, pickles,
confections, tofu, sports drinks, soft drinks, beer, certain dairy cheeses
Used for: firming, coagulating, sequestering (in foods); replacing
electrolytes (in beverages)
Definition: Besides several major industrial uses (deicing roads,
oil/gas well drilling) calcium chloride is most often used in foods to
keep them firm or in beverages to establish mineral balance.
Occidental Chemical Corporation told us by email that no “animal
products or animal by-products” are in their calcium chloride.
TETRA Technologies, Inc. wrote to us that their calcium chloride is
“…not derived from animal content.”
FBC Industries, Inc. wrote that their calcium chloride is not
animal-derived but from a “natural brine source.”
Coalescentrum Inc. states that there is “…no animal ingredient in the
product itself nor in the manufacturing process.”
Classification: Vegan
Entry added: April 2014

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