E226 is a food additive approved by
the European Union (EU) and used as an antimicrobial synthetic preservative
in food products
and bleaching agent in sugar production. This chemical can also be used
as a firming agent and disinfectant.
The common name of E226 is calcium sulphite
E226 is a calcium salt of sulphurous acid. When the chemical reacts
with oxygen it goes on to form calcium sulphate. As with other sulphurous
acid salts, the chemical’s oxidising effect has the disadvantage
of reducing the vitamin content of the food containing it.
Added sulphites (E221 – E228) should
be avoided if an individual is intolerant to natural sulphites. This
preservative is banned in Australia.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E226:
Canned fruits, fruit pickles and fruit juice, cider, wine and vegetables.