Agent Name

Gelatin

CAS Number

9000-70-8

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

Gelatin velvatex; Absorbable gelatin sponge; Collagens, gelatins; Emagel; FreAlagin AD; FreAlagin M; GT; Gelatin foam; Gelatine; Gelatins; Gelfoam; Gelofusine; Pharmagel A; Pharmagel AdB; Pharmagel B; Puragel; Spongiofort; Vee gee gelatin; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Food Additives

Description

Colorless or slightly yellow transparent solid; [Merck Index] Light yellow powder; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

A mixture of proteins made from denatured collagen; [Merck Index] Used to make lithographic and printing inks, plastic compounds, artificial silk, matches, pharmaceutical capsules, and light filters for mercury lamps; Used as clarifying agent, pharmaceutical aid (suspending agent), gelling component and additive for foods, carrier in photographic films and papers, and microencapsulating agent; Also used in electroplating, hectographic masters, paper and textile sizing, blood substitutes and extenders, cosmetics, ointments, bacteriology, and other medical and veterinary applications; [HSDB]

Comments

Classified as a "non-toxic ingestion"; Modified fluid gelatin (plasmagel), a plasma volume expander, has caused anaphylactic reactions in human patients after intravenous use; [HSDB] May cause irritation; [MSDSonline]

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