Uses: Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate can be found in margarine, pickled cucumbers, fruit products, pickles, sauces, deserts, soft drinks, processed fish, pineapple juice and table olives.
People who suffer from asthma, aspirin sensitivity or the skin disease urticaria may have allergic reactions and/or find their symptoms become worse following consumption of benzoic acid, particularly in combination with tartrazine E102.
Not recommended for consumption by children. Also seeE210
Banned in Australia and France.
Description: The potassium salt of benzoic acid, Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate is used as a preservative, both antibacterial and anti fungal. It is a white or yellow powder which is extracted using solvents, chiefly methanol or wood alcohol, which is highly toxic to humans with as little as 10 ml doing damage including blindness.