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E203 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU) and is used as an antifungal and antibacterial synthetic preservative in food products.

E203 is also known by the common name calcium sorbate, and by the chemical name (E,E)-hexa-2,4-dienoate.

E203 is made from the neutralisation of sorbic acid and is therefore the calcium salt of sorbic acid. No mention adverse effects of E203 were found when preparing this page. The preservative originates naturally in the European Mountain-ash (sorbus aucuparia)

Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E203:

  • dairy products
  • rye bread
  • frozen pizzas
  • dessert sauces
  • dried apricots
  • fruit salads
  • gelatine capsules
  • sweets

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