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METHOCEL™ F50 Food Grade


Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yields viscosity of 50 cP at low addition levels.


Product Overview

METHOCEL™ F50 Food Grade is a water-soluble cellulose ether polymer with similar properties as METHOCEL™ F50, except  this is a food compliant grade. It provides a viscosity of 50 cP for potential food contact applications.


METHOCEL™ F50 Food Grade is commonly used in industrial applications when food grade approval is required. The product can be used coatings, inks, adhesives, agriculture, gel packs, and cleaning solutions. It can be utilized to function as a thickener, rheology modifier, binder, and suspension aid.

  • Adhesives: METHOCEL™ F50 Food Grade can be used as film former, thickener and binder in adhesives. It provides wet-tack, quick set, fast dry, and oil resistance to various types of adhesives.

  • Coatings and Inks: METHOCEL™ F50 Food Grade in food coatings, packaging, and inks functions as a surface modifier, protective colloid, and pigment suspension aid. It also improves binding, workability and water retention for paper and general coatings.

Features & Benefits

Food compliance; FCC, EC, FAO/WHO, GRAS, U.S. FDA
Forms a semi-firm gel
Can be added directly to aqueous systems
Enables gelation, reversible gelation with heating
Thermoplastic for extrusion applications
Improves properties such as adhesion, spreadability, and homogeneity
Elastic to brittle viscosity builder
Provides wet tack and fast dry properties
Advanced rheology control
Prevents friction through high lubricity

Product Specifications

Gelation Temp 62 - 68 °C
Methoxyl: 27.0 - 30.0%
Hydroxypropoxyl: 4.0 - 7.5%
Viscosity, 2% in water @20°C: 40 - 60 cPs
Moisture: 5.0% Max
Residue on Ignition: 1.5% Max
Sulfiting Agents, as Sulfur Dioxide: 10 ppm Max
Lead: 2 ppm Max

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