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E282: Calcium propionate
Calcium salt of propionic acid, a natural acid present in small quantities in many foods, sometimes in high concentrations produced by bacteria in fermented foods, such as types of Swiss cheese. It is also produced on a large scale by the bacteria in the large intestine.
Function & characteristics:
Propionic acid and propionates are used as preservatives, mainly against fungi.
Side effects :
No side effects. Propionate is a normal small chain fatty acid and is used in many metabolic pathways in the body.
Dietary restrictions :
None, propionic acid and propionates can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.