E304(ii) is an additive approved by the EU (European Union). It is used as a synthetic antioxidant in food and drink products
The common name for E304(ii) is ascorbyl stearate.
The antioxidant E304(ii) is a fatty acid ester of ascorbic acid and is produced by the esterification (production of an ester by reacting alcohol and acid) of stearic and ascorbic acid. Remember that ascorbic acid is also known as Vitamin C.
Examples of food and drink products that may include E304 (i) and E304 (ii):
- processed meat