It is used during the production of alcoholic beverages as a sterilising agent.

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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
  • 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 Potassium bisulfite
European Union
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Potassium bisulphite
Philippines
Approved Potassium Bisulphite
Austria
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Belgium
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Bulgaria
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Cyprus
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Czech Republic
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Denmark
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Estonia
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Finland
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
France
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Germany
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Greece
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Hungary
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Ireland
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Italy
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Latvia
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Lithuania
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Luxembourg
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Malta
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Netherlands
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Poland
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Portugal
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Romania
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Slovakia
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Slovenia
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Spain
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Sweden
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
United Kingdom
Approved Potassium hydrogen sulphite
Australia
Approved Potassium bisulphite
New Zealand
Approved Potassium bisulphite

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E228 - Potassium bisulfite: Asthmatics should avoid, gastric irritation, nausea, nettle rash and swelling , behavioural problems.

Additive Alert

Synthetic substance - yes

E228 - Potassium bisulfite: Chemical preservative.

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E228 - Potassium bisulfite: From the Food Intolerance Network fact-sheet titled 'How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide'.

Food Intolerance Network

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E228 - Potassium bisulfite: 'The Sulphites', are known to be a problem for asthmatics

Hampshire County Council

Biotechnology used in production - yes

E228 - Potassium bisulfite: Used not only as a food preservative, but also as a firming agent and disinfectant in food preparation. Typical products include beer, canned fruit and vegetables, jams, pickles, fruit juice, fruit jelly.

MBM Foods

Recommended for consumption by children - no

E228 - Potassium bisulfite: The HACSG recommends to avoid it. May cause allergic reactions in asthmatics, destroys vitamin B1

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Aggravates food intolerances - maybe

E228 - Potassium bisulfite: Linked to hyperactivity.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Causes allergic reaction - maybe

E228 - Potassium bisulfite: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Potassium Hydrogen Sulphite
Potassium acid sulfite
Potassium hydrogen sulfite
Mono potassium sulfite
Sulfurous acid potassium salt (1:1)

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: 7773-03-7
  • EINECS Number: 231-870-1

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