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METHOCEL™ F4M Food Grade


Food grade hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels.


Product Overview

METHOCEL™ F4M Food Grade is a water-soluble cellulose ether polymer with similar properties as METHOCEL™ F4M, except this is a food compliant grade. The product provides a viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels.


METHOCEL™ F4M Food Grade is commonly used in industrial applications when food grade approval is required. It functions as a thickener, rheology modifier, binder, and suspension aid. METHOCEL™ F4M Food Grade is applied in coatings, inks, adhesives, agriculture, gel packs, and cleaning solutions.

  • Agriculture: METHOCEL™ F4M Food Grade is widely used in crop protection for drift control, stabilization, rheology modification. It works as a dispersing aid in wettable pesticides and powder fertilizers. It improves adhesion to waxy plant surfaces. It is also used in seed coatings and spray adherents for better binding to seeds.

  • Cleaning Solutions: METHOCEL™ F4M Food Grade provides improved thickening, viscosity control, soil anti-redeposition, emulsion stabilization to cleaners, and detergents. 

  • Coatings and Inks: METHOCEL™ F4M Food Grade functions as thickener, protective colloid and pigment suspension aid in coatings and inks. It provides outstanding film properties such as high tensile, strength, and elongation. It also improves workability and water retention for construction coatings.

Features & Benefits

Food compliancy; FCC, EC, FAO/WHO, GRAS, U.S. FDA
Water-soluble, can be added directly to aqueous systems
Improves properties such as adhesion, spreadability, and homogeneity
Advanced rheology control
Provides water-binding properties
Enables gelation, reversible gelation with heating
Superior binding for ceramics and high solid applications
Wide range of PH stability
Gels goes back into solution upon cooling

Product Specifications

Methoxyl: 27.0 - 30.0%
Hydroxypropoxyl: 4.0 - 7.5%
Viscosity, 2% in water @20°C: 3,500 - 5,600 cP

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