Sodium Benzoate is a widely used and safe preservative with applications in food and cosmetics
Sodium benzoate is an organic sodium salt of Benzoic Acid. It is primarily used as a preservative in food and pharmaceutical preparations but has other applications as well.
Sodium Benzoate comes in a white crystalline form
Though the product is naturally occurring, it is produced industrially by the neutralization of benzoic acid. Many foods are natural sources of benzoic acid, it's salts (such as sodium benzoate), and its esters. Fruits and vegetables can be rich sources, particularly berries such as cranberry and bilberry. Other sources include seafood, such as prawns, and dairy products.
Sodium benzoate is a preservative commonly used in acidic foods such as salad dressings, vinegars, carbonated drinks, pickled vegetables, jams and a variety of other products. It is also commonly used as a preservative in medicines and cosmetics. Sodium benzoate is also allowed as an animal food additive at up to 0.1%, per the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
Sodium benzoate can be used in fireworks as a fuel for Whistle mix, helping create the characteristic whistling noise. It is also used in a wide range of other applications such as pharmaceuticals, toiletries, adhesives, pastes, polishes, cleaners, and emulsions.
Health and safety
Sodium benzoate is designated as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) in the USA by the Food and Drug Administration.
Keep container dry. Keep in a cool place. Ground all equipment containing material. Keep container tightly closed. Keep in a cool, well-ventilated place. Combustible materials should be stored away from extreme heat and away from strong oxidizing agents.
Cosmetics, Food, Pharma, Industrial