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240: Formaldehyde

Methanal; formalin

Formaldehyde is formed naturally by smoking or heating protein-rich foods. Commercially synthesised from methanol.

Function & characteristics:
Formaldehyde is a gas used as a preservative against bacteria. It is not used in foods, but used to disinfect containers, pipes and vessels in the food industry. It is widely used in cosmetics.

None (only cosmetics).

Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 0.15 mg/kg body weight.

Side effects:
As gas it has very strong side effects (not in foods).

Dietary restrictions:

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