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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Sodium propanoate or sodium propionate is the sodium salt of propionic acid which has the chemical formula Na(C2H5COO). This white crystalline solid is deliquescent in moist air.

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It is produced by the reaction of propionic acid and sodium carbonate or sodium hydroxide.

Uses

It is used as a food preservative and is represented by the food labeling E number E281 in Europe; it is used primarily as a mold inhibitor in bakery products. It is approved for use as a food additive in the EU,[1] USA[2] and Australia and New Zealand[3] (where it is listed by its INS number 281).

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  1. UK Food Standards Agency: "Current EU approved additives and their E Numbers". Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  2. US Food and Drug Administration: "Listing of Food Additives Status Part II". Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  3. Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code"Standard 1.2.4 - Labelling of ingredients". Retrieved 2011-10-27.

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