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Is Sodium Propionate Safe to Eat
Yes, it has been approved as a safe ingredient by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as well as Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA).

Sodium propionate is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) when used as an antimicrobial agent and a flavoring agent in food with no limitation other than current good manufacturing practice. (4)

Sodium propionate (E281) is listed in Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 as an authorised food additive and categorized in “Additives other than colours and sweeteners” (5).

Safety re-evaluation in 2014 and 2016
Its safety has been re-evaluated in 2014 (6) and there are also no safety concerns when sodium propionate is used in meat preparations, processed meat and fish with the maximum level 5,000 mg/kg (7).

UK Food Standards Agency
Categorized in “Others” (8)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand
It is an approved ingredient in Australia and New Zealand with the code number 281. (9)

Function Class: food additives, preservative. (10)

Acceptable daily intake: ADI “not limited” set in 1973. (11)

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