What is it?
Propionic Acid is a substance used as a herbicide, fungicide and mold-inhibitor.

How can I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. Direct contact with foods or products containing Propionic Acid may cause symptoms including burning, irritation and redness. Direct contact may occur on the skin, lips or mouth. It is possible, but rare, that ingestion of this substance could cause generalized symptoms such as itching or redness of the skin.

  • Artificial flavorings
  • Cosmetic biocide
  • Food additive for preservation against molds in, e.g., cheese products, baked goods
  • Fruit flavors production
  • Perfume base production
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Preservation of grains and woods
  • Preservative for animal feed
  • Solutions for electroplating nickel
  • Solvents

Chemical class:
  • Carboxylic acid

Other names for Sorbic Acid:
  • 3-hydroxypropionic acid
  • Bugle
  • Carboxyethane
  • Ethanecarboxylic acid
  • Ethylformic acid
  • Hydroacrylic acid
  • Luprosil
  • Metacetonic acid
  • Methyl acetic acid Propionate
  • Propanoic acid
  • Prozoin
  • Prozoin
  • Pseudoacetic acid
  • Sentry Grain Preservative
  • Tenox P Grain Preservative

How safe is it?

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