sodium salt of benzoic acid (E210).
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.
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 medications.
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
recommended for consumption by children.