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Preservative food additives can be used alone or in conjunction with other methods of food preservation. Preservatives may be anti microbial preservatives, which inhibit the growth of bacteria or fungi, including mould, or antioxidants such as oxygen absorbers, which inhibit the oxidation of food constituents. The benefits and safety of many artificial food additives (including preservatives) are the subject of debate among academics and regulators specializing in food science, toxicology, and biology.

Natural substances such as salt,sugar, vinegar, alcohol, and diatomaceous earth are also used as traditional preservatives. Certain processes such as freezing, pickling, smoking and salting can also be used to preserve food. Another group of preservatives targets enzymes in fruits and vegetables that continue to metabolise after they are cut. For instance, citric acids and ascorbic acids from lemon or other citrus juice can inhibit the action of the enzyme phenolase which turns surfaces of cut apples and potatoes brown.

Some modern synthetic preservatives have become controversial because they have been shown to cause respiratory or other health problems. Some studies point to synthetic preservatives and artificial colouring agents aggravating ADD & ADHD symptoms in those affected.

Allergenic preservatives in food or medicine can cause anaphylactic shock in susceptible individuals, a condition which is often fatal within minutes without emergency treatment. Therefore, uses of preservatives should be kept to a minimum.

preservatives Info


E200 Sorbic Acid

E202 Potassium Sorbate

E203 Calcium Sorbate

E210 Benzoic Acid

E211 Sodium Benzoate

E212 Potassium Benzoate

E213 Calcium Benzoate

E214 Ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate

E215 Sodium ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate

E218 Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate

E219 Sodium methyl p-hydroxybenzoate


E220 Sulphur Dioxide

E221 Sodium Sulphite

E222 Sodium Hydrogen Sulphite

E223 Sodium Metabisulphite


E224 Potassium Metabisulphite

E226 Calcium Sulphite

E227 Calcium Hydrogen Sulphite

E228 Potassium Hydrogen Sulphite

E230 Biphenyl/Diphenyl*

E231 Orthophenyl Phenol*

E232 Sodium Orthophenyl Phenol*

E234 Nisin

E235 Natamycin

E239 Hexamethylene Tetramine

E242 Dimethyl Dicarbonate

E249 Potassium Nitrite

E250 Sodium Nitrite

E251 Sodium Nitrate

E252 Potassium Nitrate

E280 Propionic Acid

E281 Sodium Propionate

E282 Calcium Propionate

E283 Potassium Propionate

E284 Boric Acid

E285 Sodium Tetraborate/Borax

E1105 Lysozyme

E261 Potassium Acetate*

E262 Sodium Acetate*

E263 Calcium Acetate*

E243 Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate

* Denotes no longer in use as an additive

E260 Acetic Acid