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E219 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU) and is used as an antifungal synthetic preservative in food products, drugs and cosmetics. This chemical is more effective against yeasts and fungi than against bacteria.
The chemical name for E219 is sodium methyl p-hydroxybenzoate.
E219 has been linked with to a numb mouth as well as irritation to the skin, and is banned in Australia.
Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E219:
- ice cream
- baked goods
- medicine, medicines
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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