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E216 is a food additive that is no longer approved by the European Union (EU) but was used as an antifungal and antibacterial synthetic preservative in food products and cosmetics.
E216 is also known by the name propyl p-hydroxybenzoate.
There are some reports that this preservative may cause allergic reactions to the skin when used in cosmetics. E216 was removed from the list of substances permitted in the UK after recent research on its effect on reproduction in rats.
Examples of food/drink products that may have included E216:
- soft drinks
- alcoholic drinks
- baked goods
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.
Regulatory approvals and advice can change over time.
This was added in 2007-08. For current details please check with the relevant authorities.
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