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E311 Octyl gallate

Synthesised from octanol and gallic acid, which is produced from plant tannins.

Function & characteristics:
Anti-oxidant in fatty products, especially added to prevent rancidity.

Oils and fats, margarine, etc.

Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 0.5 mg/kg body weight.

Side effects:
It is degraded in the intestine to octanol and gallic acid. Gallic acid can cause eczema, stomach problems and hyperactivity.

Dietary restrictions:
Gallates can be used by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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