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The Preservatives in Food Regulations 1989

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Regulation 2(1) and (2)

SCHEDULE 1

PART IPermitted Preservatives

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4
Permitted preservative specified in Schedule 2Serial NumberAlternative form in which the permitted preservative may be used (to be calculated as the permitted preservative shown in column 1)Serial Number
Sorbic acidE200Sodium sorbateE201
Potassium sorbateE202
Calcium sorbateE203
Benzoic acidE210Sodium benzoateE211
Potassium benzoateE212
Calcium benzoateE213
Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoateE214Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, sodium saltE215
Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoateE216Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, sodium saltE217
Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoateE218Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, sodium saltE219
Sulphur dioxideE220Sodium sulphiteE221
Sodium hydrogen sulphiteE222
Sodium metabisulphiteE223
Potassium metabisulphiteE224
Calcium sulphiteE226
Calcium hydrogen sulphiteE227
Potassium bisulphiteE228
BiphenylE230
2-HydroxybiphenylE231Sodium biphenyl-2-yl oxideE232
2-(Thiazol-4-yl) benzimidazoleE233
HexamineE239
Sodium nitriteE250Potassium nitriteE249
Sodium nitrateE251Potassium nitrateE252
Propionic acidE280Sodium propionateE281
Calcium propionateE282
Potassium propionateE283
Nisin234

PART IISpecific Purity Criteria Applicable to Permitted Preservatives

In the case of:–

  • E200 Sorbic acid

  • E201 Sodium sorbate

  • E202 Potassium sorbate

  • E203 Calcium sorbate

  • E210 Benzoic acid

  • E211 Sodium benzoate

  • E212 Potassium benzoate

  • E213 Calcium benzoate

  • E214 Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate

    • Synonyms: Ethylpara-hydroxybenzoate

    • Ethyl ester ofp-hydroxybenzoic acid

  • E215 Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, sodium salt

    • Synonyms: Sodium ethylpara-hydroxybenzoate

    • Sodium ethylp— hydroxybenzoate

  • E216 Propyl 4-hyroxybenzoate

    • Synonyms: Propylpara-hydroxybenzoate

    • n-propylp-hydroxybenzoate

  • E217 Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, sodium salt

    • Synonyms: Sodium propylpara-hydroxybenzoate

  • Sodiumn-propylp-hydroxybenzoate

  • E220 Sulphur dioxide

  • E221 Sodium sulphite (anhydrous or heptahydrate)

  • E222 Sodium hydrogen sulphite

    • Synonym: Acid sodium sulphite

  • E223 Sodium metabisulphite

  • E250 Sodium nitrite

  • E251 Sodium nitrate

  • E252 Potassium nitrate

  • E280 Propionic acid

  • E281 Sodium propionate

  • E282 Calcium propionate

the appropriate specific purity criteria contained in Directive 65/66/EEC of the Council(1).

In the case of:–

  • E218 Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate

    • Synonyms: Methylpara-hyroxybenzoate

    • Methylp-hydroxybenzoate

  • E219 Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, sodium salt

    • Synonyms: Sodium methylpara-hydroxybenzoate

    • Sodium derivative of methylp-hydroxybenzoate

  • E226 Calcium sulphite

  • E227 Calcium hydrogen sulphite

    • Synonym: Calcium bisulphite

  • E233 2-(Thiazol-4-yl) benzimidazole

    • Synonyms: Thiabendazole

    • 2-(4-thiazolyl) benzimidazole (thiabendazole)

  • E239 Hexamine

    • Synonym: Hexamethylenetetramine

  • E249 Potassium nitrite

  • E283 Potassium propionate

the appropriate specific purity criteria contained in Directive 65/66/EEC of the Council(2).

In the case of:–

  • E224 Potassium metabisulphite

  • E230 Biphenyl

  • E231 2-Hydroxybiphenyl

    • Synonym: Orthophenylphenol

  • E232 Sodium biphenyl-2-yl oxide

    • Synonym: Sodium orthophenylphenate

the appropriate specific purity criteria contained in Directive 65/66/EEC of the Council(3).

In the case of:–

  • E228 Potassium bisulphite

    • Synonym: Potassium acid sulphite

the appropriate specific purity criteria contained in Directive 65/66/EEC of the Council(4).

In the case of:–

  • Nisin

The criteria in the monograph for nisin contained in the Nutrition Meetings Report Series No. 45A (1969) of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation at page 53.

PART IIIGeneral Purity Criteria Applicable to Permitted Preservatives except where otherwise provided by Specific Purity Criteria

Each preservative shall not contain–

(a)more than 3 milligrams per kilogram of arsenic;

(b)more than 10 milligrams per kilogram of lead;

(c)more than 50 milligrams per kilogram of copper, or 25 milligrams per kilogram of zinc, or 50 milligrams per kilogram of any combination of copper and zinc.

(1)

OJ No. 22, 9.2.65, p. 373/65 (OJ/SE 1965–1966, p. 25); relevant amending Directives are 67/428/EEC of the Council—OJ No. 148, 11.7.67, p. 10 (OJ/SE 1967, p. 178); 76/463/EEC of the Council—OJ No. L126, 14.5.76, p. 33.

(2)

The relevant amending Directive is 76/463/EEC of the Council—OJ No. L126, 14.5.76, p. 33.

(3)

The relevant amending Directive is 67/428/EEC of the Council—OJ No. 148, 11.7.67, p. 10 (OJ/SE 1967, p. 178).

(4)

The relevant amending Directive is 86/604/EEC of the Council—OJ No. L352, 13.12.1986, p. 45.

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