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Does E631 Use Extracted Pig's Fat or Sardine Oil?

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 10 Dec 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
E Number E631 Pigs Fish Sardines Animals

Q.

Can you tell me about the source of flavour additive E631 which is used in some potato chips/crisps. I cannot tell from anything I've read whether it comes from pig's fat, another animal - or indeed sardine oil? It's important to many people to avoid products extracted from pigs.

(M.K, 2 July 2009)

A.

Thanks for sending in your question. The E number known as E631 (or sodium inosinate) is an additive that is used in many products to act as a flavour enhancer and make foods taste good. As well as enhancing other flavours, it’s used frequently in products such as potato crisps as it also helps to reduce the amount of salt needed (and reducing salt intake has become quite a big health concern in recent years, with manufacturers vying to get their levels of salt in products down).

Sodium inosinate comes from inosinic acid, an acid that is naturally found in a variety of animals, such as pigs or fish, such as sardines. In some cases it can also be produced from bacterially fermenting some sugars.

As far as commercial use goes, most manufacturers do source their E631 from animals and fish, whilst a few may use the fermentation method. The tricky bit is if you want to specifically avoid E631 that comes from pork, as most products will not say on their ingredients list exactly where it comes from.

You could try writing to manufacturers to ask exactly where it comes from. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a definitive answer, but it’s always worth a try and, you never know, some might be receptive and willing to give you the facts. However, if it’s an issue that really concerns you and you don’t want to find yourself unknowingly consuming food with E631 sourced from pigs, probably the best move is to avoid the products completely.

It’s hard work sometimes trying to avoid these pesky E numbers, especially with so many hidden in the foods and drinks we enjoy, but if you really do need or want to avoid certain numbers, scouring the ingredients lists before you buy products is the best way of ensuring you’re not getting more than you bargained for.

We realise the importance for many people of avoiding products extracted from pigs, which is why we’ve published articles such as this one on - E numbers not suitable for a Halal diet - if you’re looking to avoid other E numbers with links to pork products, then you may find this to be a useful read.

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We should have to take strict action and don't eat these things if we shall not buy these things this may cause a devastation of companies.
haji - 10-Dec-18 @ 3:29 PM
We are believeing they are deceiving. Coding like E631 is a criminal activity there should be clearly written on products what ingredients are used in. we must know what I am purchasing,after all we are paying for that. So stop purchasing products having like E631 coding from today till clearance.
Annu - 10-Dec-18 @ 2:29 AM
It is sad that the multinational companies are playing with people using ingredients like E631 in popular foods. It is certainly drawn from pig fat as it is easiest way to get it in western countries. So sad, stop E631 immediately.
Baliyavi - 9-Dec-18 @ 10:58 AM
Thanks for sharing this highly informative info, our government have no time to investigate these small businesses they are taking benefits. We should aware and care about these kinds of products. Thanks again for sharing.
Iftikhar - 9-Dec-18 @ 4:29 AM
E631 is a Pig Fat Plz Don't Take Those Products On Which You See E ingrediants Its Very Harmfull For Your Health.
Usama - 9-Dec-18 @ 4:10 AM
OMG??. We should take action against them. But E code is also used by Lays. “Student From Hyderabad”
Bakht - 8-Dec-18 @ 7:14 PM
We belong to Muslim families so we all should not use products made with E family ingredients. Govt. Of india should also take a strict action on this product raazsindhi - 18-Jan-18 @ 5:29
Ringchan - 7-Dec-18 @ 4:42 PM
Every Religion's people need to keep off and band it. And Strogal for stop.
Raza - 7-Dec-18 @ 9:24 AM
Oh God it's so sad to learn the use of e numbers widely in Pakistan
Kashif - 6-Dec-18 @ 2:48 AM
E631 is a salt. How does it matter how it is derived (from religious standpoint) - its chemical composition is totally changed once it is changed into a salt.
HyperNV - 4-Dec-18 @ 8:07 PM
Very good information. How we can know about the E631 which was using by company is from animals or by fermentation of sugar.
Nikesh - 11-Nov-18 @ 5:50 AM
Actually we should stop eating this E numbers thanks for this information Good job ... So full stop to ???????? this ..
Chutko - 22-Oct-18 @ 8:31 AM
Govt should take action against those culprits
Essa - 29-Sep-18 @ 2:17 AM
I want to know products and companies using E number items in Pakistani markets. Any person do research on this type of work?
Adnan - 3-Jul-18 @ 10:13 AM
Oh my God!Pk`s Lays also used (E631-from plant) but they wrote they used fromplant so how is it possible?there is also a stamp of Halal on it.There is also a lot of Mashbouh(doubtful) ingredients in chips and etc. we should take a action against it.As why are they giving us a wrong thing but with a lawful stamp. "Student from Karachi,Pakistan"
Maira - 30-Mar-18 @ 7:32 AM
All these Indian boards should be banned
Khan - 7-Mar-18 @ 5:47 PM
We belong to Muslim families so we all should not use products made with E family ingredients. Govt. Of Pakistan should also take a strict action on this issu against the culprits. Imran Raaz Baloch Advocate. Karachi
raazsindhi - 18-Jan-18 @ 5:29 PM
Oh no this is to bad everywhere use these things government should take action against them
Shaikh - 7-Dec-17 @ 11:40 AM
You r right this is so bad . They should not risk peoples' lives for the sake of money
Aashoo - 4-Nov-17 @ 7:52 AM
Very bad of this item chips company will be too much this tipe of pigs fat and oil this is not correct. Please do something's save the people... It's consumption is dangerous or useful for humans.
Waisii Malik - 17-Sep-17 @ 12:06 PM
Sir I want to know in which which products use pigs fats as well as pork.
Luqmaan - 14-Jul-17 @ 6:41 AM
Sir I want to know in which which products use pigs fats as well as pork.
irfan - 2-Jun-17 @ 4:50 PM
It's consumption is dangerous or useful for humans
Giri - 11-May-17 @ 5:17 PM
And I believed that I am a vegetarian. .????m done with this. No Maggie ,pizza no junk foods
Rohit kumar - 18-Apr-17 @ 7:31 AM
Very bad of this item chips company will be too much this tipe of pigs fat and oil this is not correct. Please do something's save the people
Shak - 18-Apr-17 @ 1:29 AM
We belong to Muslim families so we all should not use products made with E family ingredients. Govt. Of Pakistan should also take a strict action on this issu against the culprits. Nadeem ASSADI Advocate. Lahore Pakistan.
ASSADI - 11-Apr-17 @ 5:00 AM
And I believed that I am a vegetarian. ?? M done with this. No Maggie, No chips, No pizza, No to junk food.
Sunita Pradhan - 13-Feb-17 @ 12:24 PM
OYE hoYE chips also use this taste enhancer
gmMalik - 6-Feb-17 @ 4:16 PM
Kurkuray company is also using flavour enhancer e631 that must b ban in pakistan
Manoo - 29-Jan-17 @ 12:19 PM
E products should be banned in Muslim countries especially in pakistan
Shahid - 7-Jan-17 @ 2:56 PM
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