Product code: P01060
Agar, or agar-agar is derived from red-algae. It is a jelly-like substance used for making vegetarian jelly. Agar consists of a combination of agarose and agaropectin; these are both polysaccharides that give agar its jelly like consistency.
Agar has a good balance between melting easily and good gel stability at high temperatures, making it excellent for making vegetarian jelly with. It melts at 85°C and solidifies at 32- 40 °C.
Regulatory and safety
It is authorised in the EU as an additive under the e-number E 406. It is part of Group I additives. The conditions of use/ maximum limits would depend on the category; see regulation 1333/2008 for these.
To see the EFSA review of the safety of Agar, see here: https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/j.efsa.2016.4645