E281 is a food additive
approved by the European Union (EU). It is a natural acid that acts
as an antimicrobial
preservative in food products, especially in bakery.
The common name for E281 is sodium propionate.
It may also be referred to as sodium salt or propionic
E281 is the sodium salt of propionic acid and is found in human sweat,
the stomachs of cows and fermented products. In the body, propionate
acts as a small chain fatty acid. In bakery products, the chemical prevents
growth of bacteria that cause sticky yellow patches.
The chemical E281 has been linked to migraines and act as an irritant
to the skin and eyes.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E281:
Processed cheese, bread and flour and chocolate.