E213 - Calcium benzoate

Additive: E213 - Calcium benzoate

Functions: Preservative

Calcium benzoate refers to the calcium salt of benzoic acid. When used in the food industry as a preservative, its E number is E213 -INS number 213-; it is approved for use as a food additive in the EU, USA and Australia and New Zealand.The formulas and structures of calcium carboxylate derivatives of calcium and related metals are complex. Generally the coordination number is eight and the carboxylates form Ca-O bonds. Another variable is the degree of hydration. - Wikipedia

Risk of overexposure

EFSA evaluation: Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of benzoic acid -E 210-, sodium benzoate -E 211-, potassium benzoate -E 212- and calcium benzoate -E 213- as food additives (2016-03-31)

High risk of over exposure
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has determined that some population groups have a high risk of consuming too much E213 - Calcium benzoate.

To evaluate your exposure to the E213 - Calcium benzoate food additive, you can browse our list of products that contain it. See the list of products with E213 - Calcium benzoate below.

  InfantsToddlersChildrenAdolescentsAdultsElderly
  < 11 to 23 to 910 to 1718 to 6465+
Most people
(over 50%)
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Some people
(over 5%)
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Risk of exceeding the acceptable daily intake (ADI) : Risk of exceeding the acceptable daily intake (ADI)