Calcium benzoate is a calcium salt of benzoic acid used as a preservative in acidic foods to prevent growth of bacteria and fungi.

Health considerations

Calcium benzoate is considered generally safe at levels present in food. When present with ascorbic acid, calcium benzoate may react to form benzene. See: Benzene

May be found in

Soft drinks, fruit juice, pickles, condiments, sauces, salad dressings


The UK Food Guide

Alternative Spellings and Names

E213, calcium salt of benzoic acid

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