White crystals or crystalline powder having an odour of sulfur dioxide.

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

  • Antioxidant - Protects a food from deterioration caused by oxidation
  • Bleaching agent - Used to lighten or remove colour from foods
  • Flour treatment agent - A substance that improves baking quality or colour of flour
  • 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
Approved Sodium metabisulfite
European Union
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Philippines
Approved Sodium Metabisulphite
Austria
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Belgium
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Bulgaria
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Cyprus
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Czech Republic
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Denmark
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Estonia
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Finland
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
France
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Germany
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Greece
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Hungary
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Ireland
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Italy
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Latvia
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Lithuania
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Luxembourg
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Malta
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Netherlands
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Poland
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Portugal
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Romania
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Slovakia
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Slovenia
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Spain
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Sweden
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
United Kingdom
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
Australia
Approved Sodium metabisulphite
New Zealand
Approved Sodium metabisulphite

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E223 - Sodium metabisulfite: From the Food Intolerance Network fact-sheet titled 'How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide'.

Food Intolerance Network

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E223 - Sodium metabisulfite: Asthmatics should avoid, gastric irritation, nausea, nettle rash and swelling , behavioural problems

Additive Alert

Contains sulphites - yes

E223 - Sodium metabisulfite: Another sodium salt of sulphurous acid, see E222. Used as an antimicrobial preservative, antioxidant and bleaching agent in food. Typical products include preserved fruit and vegetables, pickles, fruit juice, frozen vegetables, frozen shellfish, dried fruits, fruit deserts. Treating agent, see 220. Other names: pyrosulphurous acid, disodium salt.

MBM Foods

Causes allergic reaction - maybe

E223 - Sodium metabisulfite: 'The Sulphites', are known to be a problem for asthmatics.

Hampshire County Council

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E223 - Sodium metabisulfite: The HACSG recommends to avoid it. Gastric irritation, Reduction of Vitamins B and E, Food aversion, Skin reactions, Asthma.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Halal - no

E223 - Sodium metabisulfite: Chemical Preservative

Muslim Consumer Group

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E223 - Sodium metabisulfite: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Disodium disulfite
Disodium metabisulfite
Disodium pyrosulfite
Disulfurous acid sodium salt (1:2)

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

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

  • CAS Number: 7681-57-4
  • EINECS Number: 231-673-0
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