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E281 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). It is a natural acid that acts as an antimicrobial preservative in food products, especially in bakery.
The common name for E281 is sodium propionate. It may also be referred to as sodium salt or propionic acid.
E281 is the sodium salt of propionic acid and is found in human sweat, the stomachs of cows and in fermented products. In the body, propionate acts as a small chain fatty acid. In bakery products, this chemical prevents growth of bacteria that cause sticky yellow patches.
The chemical E281 has been linked to migraines and act as an irritant to the skin and eyes.
Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E281:
- processed cheese
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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