Almost odourless, small colourless crystals or white crystalline 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
Approved Methylparaben (methyl-p-hydroxybenzoate)
European Union
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Methylparaben or Methyl-p-hydroxy-benzoate
Philippines
Approved Methyl p-Hydroxybenzoate
Austria
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Belgium
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Bulgaria
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Cyprus
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Czech Republic
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Denmark
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Estonia
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Finland
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
France
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Germany
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Greece
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Hungary
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Ireland
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Italy
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Latvia
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Lithuania
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Luxembourg
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Malta
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Netherlands
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Poland
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Portugal
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Romania
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Slovakia
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Slovenia
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Spain
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Sweden
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
United Kingdom
Approved Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Australia
Approved Methylparaben or Methyl-p-hydroxy-benzoate
New Zealand
Approved Methylparaben or Methyl-p-hydroxy-benzoate

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E218 - Methyl para-hydroxybenzoate: Allergic reactions possible - skin and mouth.

Additive Alert

Methylparaben
Methyl p-oxybenzoate

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
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: 99-76-3
  • EINECS Number: 202-785-7

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