The sodium salt of benzoic acid (E210).
Used as a preservative, both antibacterial and antifungal but
effective in only slightly acid environments. Also used as an
antiseptic, as a food preservative and to disguise the taste
of poor quality food.
Found in barbecue sauce, caviar, cheesecake mix, fruit pies,
margarine, pickled cucumbers, pineapple juice, prawns, preserves,
salad dressing, soya sauce, sweets and table olives. Also in
milk and meat products, relishes and condiments, baked goods
lollipops and soft drinks (orange soft drinks may contain high
quantities, up to 25mg per 250ml). Can be found in many oral
People who suffer from asthma, aspirin sensitivity or the skin
disease urticaria may have allergic reactions and/or find their
symptoms become worse following consumption of benzoic acid,
particularly in combination with tartrazine (E102).
Not recommended for consumption by children.