E904 — пищевая добавка, антифламинг, глазирующий агент: шеллак, shellac (Е904)

Shellac is a natural, organic resin that is secreted by the female lac beetle (Laccifera lacca) on trees found in India and Thailand. The secreted resin forms a cocoon where the insect incubates the eggs she lays. The cocoon and parts of the bark are scraped off, crushed, washed, filtered, and dried to form yellow/orange flakes, often bleached white for commercial use as a glazing agent.

Can be used by all religious groups and vegetarians. Vegans generally avoid the product as there are still lice in the raw product. These are eliminated during purification.

Common Uses

Due to it's high glossy finish on relatively thin coatings, Shellac is used in coatings for hard candies and in chocolate. It is also used as a wax on apples and other fruits, to make them look shinier and more appealing.



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