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E214 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU) and used as an antifungal and antibacterial synthetic preservative in tablets and capsules. It is more effective against yeasts and fungi than against bacteria. E214 is also used in cosmetics.
E214 is commonly known by the names ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate and ethyl paraben.
This preservative is banned in Australia. Its presence in cosmetics may result in allergic reactions to the skin.
Note(1) The list of Food Additives (E Numbers) included in this section is subject to change as chemicals are added or removed by regulatory authorities. IvyRose cannot guarantee that this list is complete or that all details are up to date.
Note(2) These numbers are also used in Australia and New Zealand but without the E.
Government approvals and other regulatory details are subject to change.
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This was added in 2007-08. For current details please check with the relevant authorities.
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