E211 SODIUM BENZOATE
Sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid and is primarily used to inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi in food and beverages.
It is a white crystalline powder or granular substance that is soluble in water. Sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid and is primarily used to inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi in food and beverages.
It is a synthetic compound that is produced by the neutralisation of benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide, that occurs naturally in cranberries, prunes, and raspberries, as well as in some spices like cinnamon and cloves.
On reaction with ascorbic acid, it can form benzol, which is a potent carcinogen. Consequently, a range of serious diseases can be provoked, such as neurodegenerative diseases, cirrhosis, Parkinson’s Disease etc. It is also linked to hyperactivity of children.
Sodium benzoate is able to produce a strong suppressive effect on rain crops, mycelial and aflatoxin fungus as well. Owing to its properties, the additive E211 is used as a preservative in the food industry.
Carbonated drinks, fruit juices, jams and jellies, condiments, salad dressings, sauces, pickles, and baked goods
Allowed to use in USA, Europe and many countries