No safety concerns after re-evaluation of propionic acid and propionic salts from EFSA-EU – August 13, 2014

Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion re-evaluating propionic acid (E 280), sodium propionate (E 281), calcium propionate (E 282) and potassium propionate (E 283) when used as food additives. Currently, propionic acid – propionates (E 280- 283) are authorized food additives in the EU with maximum permitted levels (MPLs) ranging from 1000 to 3000 mg/kg in foods. Propionates are naturally occurring substances in the normal diet. Propionic acid is produced by certain bacteria and occurs in various food and feed stuffs as a result of microbial production.

Overall, taking into account all toxicological data and the natural occurrence in food, the Panel concluded that for food as consumed, there would not be a safety concern from the maximum concentrations of propionic acid – propionates [propionic acid (E 280), sodium propionate (E 281), calcium propionate (E 282) and potassium propionate (E 283)] at their currently authorized uses and use levels as food additives.

For more information, you click on the link: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3779.htm

Niacet supplies propionates for food use under the Probake® and CrystalPro trade names.