E280 - Propionic acid

Additives: E280 - Propionic acid

Functions: Preservative

Propionic acid -from the Greek words protos, meaning "first", and pion, meaning "fat"; also known as propanoic acid- is a naturally occurring carboxylic acid with chemical formula CH3CH2CO2H. It is a liquid with a pungent and unpleasant smell somewhat resembling body odor. The anion CH3CH2CO2− as well as the salts and esters of propionic acid are known as propionates -or propanoates-. - Wikipedia

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EFSA evaluation: Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of propionic acid -E 280-, sodium propionate -E 281-, calcium propionate -E 282- and potassium propionate -E 283- as food additives (2014-07-22)

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