An oily liquid with a slightly pungent 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

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Propionic acid
European Union
Approved Propionic acid
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Propionic acid
Philippines
Approved Propionic acid
Austria
Approved Propionic acid
Belgium
Approved Propionic acid
Bulgaria
Approved Propionic acid
Cyprus
Approved Propionic acid
Czech Republic
Approved Propionic acid
Denmark
Approved Propionic acid
Estonia
Approved Propionic acid
Finland
Approved Propionic acid
France
Approved Propionic acid
Germany
Approved Propionic acid
Greece
Approved Propionic acid
Hungary
Approved Propionic acid
Ireland
Approved Propionic acid
Italy
Approved Propionic acid
Latvia
Approved Propionic acid
Lithuania
Approved Propionic acid
Luxembourg
Approved Propionic acid
Malta
Approved Propionic acid
Netherlands
Approved Propionic acid
Poland
Approved Propionic acid
Portugal
Approved Propionic acid
Romania
Approved Propionic acid
Slovakia
Approved Propionic acid
Slovenia
Approved Propionic acid
Spain
Approved Propionic acid
Sweden
Approved Propionic acid
United Kingdom
Approved Propionic acid
Australia
Approved Propionic acid
New Zealand
Approved Propionic acid

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Synthetic substance - yes

E280 - Propionic acid: Preservative - Acids

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E280 - Propionic acid: Behavioural and learning problems, headaches. Asthma.

Additive Alert

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E280 - Propionic acid: All propionates are thought to be linked with migraine headaches; propionates occur naturally in fermented foods, human perspiration and ruminants digestive tract, also can be derived commercially from ethylene and carbon monoxide or propionaldehyde or natural gas or fermented wood pulp; produced when bacteria decompose fibre; commonly used in bread cheese and flour products. Corrosive - causes burns. Harmful if swallowed. Liquid may burn eyes. Severe eye and skin irritant. Other names: carboxyethane, ethylformic acid, methylacetic acid.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E280 - Propionic acid: All propionates are thought to be linked with migraine headaches; propionates occur naturally in fermented foods, human perspiration and ruminants digestive tract, also can be derived commercially from ethylene and carbon monoxide or propionaldehyde or natural gas or fermented wood pulp; produced when bacteria decompose fibre; commonly used in bread and flour products.

DFlock

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E280 - Propionic acid: When propanoic acid is infused directly into brains it produces reversible behavior e.g. hyperactivity.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E280 - Propionic acid: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Propanoic acid
ethylformic acid
methylacetic acid
INS No. 280
Pseudo acetic acid
Carboxyethane
Meta cetonic acid
Ethane carboxylic acid
Ethyl formic acid
Luprosil
Methyl acetic acid
Propanoic acid
Prozoin

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: 79-09-4
  • EINECS Number: 201-176-3

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