White crystalline solid, usually in the form of scales or needles, having not more than a faint characteristic odour.

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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

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Matching Terms Not Found
European Union
Approved Benzoic acid
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Benzoic acid
Japan
Unknown None
Philippines
Approved Benzoic acid
Austria
Approved Benzoic acid
Belgium
Approved Benzoic acid
Bulgaria
Approved Benzoic acid
Cyprus
Approved Benzoic acid
Czech Republic
Approved Benzoic acid
Denmark
Approved Benzoic acid
Estonia
Approved Benzoic acid
Finland
Approved Benzoic acid
France
Approved Benzoic acid
Germany
Approved Benzoic acid
Greece
Approved Benzoic acid
Hungary
Approved Benzoic acid
Ireland
Approved Benzoic acid
Italy
Approved Benzoic acid
Latvia
Approved Benzoic acid
Lithuania
Approved Benzoic acid
Luxembourg
Approved Benzoic acid
Malta
Approved Benzoic acid
Netherlands
Approved Benzoic acid
Poland
Approved Benzoic acid
Portugal
Approved Benzoic acid
Romania
Approved Benzoic acid
Slovakia
Approved Benzoic acid
Slovenia
Approved Benzoic acid
Spain
Approved Benzoic acid
Sweden
Approved Benzoic acid
United Kingdom
Approved Benzoic acid
Australia
Approved Benzoic acid
New Zealand
Approved Benzoic acid

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E210 - Benzoic acid: Hyperactivity, asthmatics should avoid, possible neurological dysfunctions.

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E210 - Benzoic acid: From the Food Intolerance Network fact-sheet titled 'How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide'.

Food Intolerance Network

Synthetic substance - yes

E210 - Benzoic acid: Chemical Preservative

Muslim Consumer Group

Recommended for consumption by children - no

E210 - Benzoic acid: All flavourings unless clearly stated 'Natural' must be avoided.

UK Food Guide

Recommended for consumption by children - no

E210 - Benzoic acid: Also known as flowers of benzoin, phenlycarboxylic acid, carboxybenzene. Obtained from Benzoin, a resin exuded by trees native to Asia. Benzoic acid is also used in the manufacture of plasticisers, resin coatings and caprolactam. It is an antiseptic, antifungal, antipyretic agent, and can be used as an alkalimetric standard. Added to alcoholic beverages, baked goods, cheeses, gum, condiments, frozen dairy, relishes, soft sweets, cordials and sugar substitutes. Used in cosmetics, as an antiseptic in many cough medications and an antifungal in ointments; can cause asthma, especially in those dependant on steroid asthma medications. Is also reputed to cause neurological disorders and to react with sulphur bisulphite (222), shown to provoke hyperactivity in children and can cause asthma in those dependant on steroid asthma medications. Other names: benzene carboxylic acid

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Aggravates food intolerances - maybe

E210 - Benzoic acid: Linked to hyperactivity.

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Causes allergic reaction - maybe

E210 - Benzoic acid: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

INS No. 210
Benzene carboxylic acid
Benzene formic acid
Benzene methanoic acid
Carboxybenzene
Dracylic acid
Phenyl carboxylic acid
Phenyl formic acid

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
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: 65-85-0
  • EINECS Number: 200-618-2
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