E282: Calcium propionate
Origin: Calcium salt of propionic acid, a natural acid present in small quantities in many foods, sometimes in high concentrations produced by bacteria in fermented foods, such as types of Swiss cheese. It is also produced on a large scale by the bacteria in the large intestine.
Function & characteristics: Propionic acid and propionates are used as preservatives, mainly against fungi.
Products: bakery products, feed additive
Daily intake: no limit
Side effects : No side effects. Propionate is a normal small chain fatty acid and is used in many metabolic pathways in the body.
Dietary restrictions : None, propionic acid and propionates can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.