Sodium formate, HCOONa, is the sodium salt of formic acid, HCOOH. It usually appears as a white deliquescent powder.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Preservative - Helps protect against food deterioration caused by micro-organisms

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
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European Union
Not Permitted
Australia and New Zealand
Not Permitted
Philippines
Not Permitted
Austria
Not Permitted
Belgium
Not Permitted
Bulgaria
Not Permitted
Cyprus
Not Permitted
Czech Republic
Not Permitted
Denmark
Not Permitted
Estonia
Not Permitted
Finland
Not Permitted
France
Not Permitted
Germany
Not Permitted
Greece
Not Permitted
Hungary
Not Permitted
Ireland
Not Permitted
Italy
Not Permitted
Latvia
Not Permitted
Lithuania
Not Permitted
Luxembourg
Not Permitted
Malta
Not Permitted
Netherlands
Not Permitted
Poland
Not Permitted
Portugal
Not Permitted
Romania
Not Permitted
Slovakia
Not Permitted
Slovenia
Not Permitted
Spain
Not Permitted
Sweden
Not Permitted
United Kingdom
Not Permitted
Australia
Not Permitted
New Zealand
Not Permitted

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Banned in some countries - no

237 - Sodium formate: This is the sodium salt of formic acid, E236, formerly used as a diuretic. Avoid it. Banned in Australia. Other names: formic acid sodium salt

MBM Foods

Derived from animal products (not suitable for vegan) - maybe

237 - Sodium formate: Possibly animal-derived.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Banned in some countries - yes

237 - Sodium formate: Avoid it, banned in some countries.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Banned in some countries - yes

237 - Sodium formate: This is the sodium salt of formic acid, E236, formerly used as a diuretic. Avoid it. Banned in Australia. Other names: formic acid sodium salt.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

237 - Sodium formate: Not permitted in Australia. Diuretic, Kidney disorders.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Formic acid sodium salt
Formic acid sodium salt (1:1)
Salachlor

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 141-53-7
  • EINECS Number: 205-488-0

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