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E284 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). It is a natural acid that acts as an antimicrobial preservative, mostly for pharmaceuticals, as well as a bleaching agent. This chemical also has uses as an antiseptic and insecticide.

The common name for E284 is boric acid. It is also known as boracic acid, sassolite (when in mineral form), or borofax.

As well as occurring naturally, E284 can also be produced commercially from boron. This chemical is used as an ant poison in Australia.

E284 may cause reproductive disorders and is an irritant which may be fatal if ingested inappropriately.

Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E284:

  • meat
  • fish
  • dairy products

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