Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honeybees that is used as a coating and glazing agent and as a carrier for flavor and color.

Health considerations

Beeswax is present in food in very small quantities and is not considered to be of concern following review.

Keep in mind

Vegans may wish to avoid beeswax.

May be found in

Candy, confectionery, fruit, snack foods, nuts, coffee beans, coating of tablets and capsules


CODEX Alimentarius

Alternative Spellings and Names

E901, white wax, yellow wax, comb wax, bee capping, yellow beeswax, white beeswax

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