E283 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU) and is a natural acid that acts as an antimicrobial preservative in food products, especially in baked goods.
The common name for E283 is potassium propionate. It is also known as potassium propanoate.
E283 is the potassium salt of propionic acid. In the body propionate acts as a small chain fatty acid. In bakery products, this chemical prevents the growth bacteria that cause sticky yellow patches.
Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E283:
- processed cheese