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Calcium Propionate

Calcium Propionate

  • Calcium propionate is used as a preservative in a wide variety of products, including but not limited to: bread, other baked goods, processed meat, whey, and other dairy products.
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What is Calcium Propionate?
Calcium propionate is an antimicrobial agent commonly used in bread.   It is effective in preventing mold growth and helps extend the shelf life of bread products. It is also a preferred antimicrobial because unlike cultured wheat and cultured whey, it does not contain the top 8 allergens in the US.

Calcium Propionate application
Calcium propionate is used as a preservative in bread and other baked goods, and it may be combined with along with propionic acid and sodium propionate. Calcium propionate helps keep those baked goods fresh by preventing mold and bacterial growth that would cause them to go bad. Calcium propionate also occurs naturally in butter and some types of cheese.

Calcium Propionate Structure
Calcium Propionate
Use of Calcium Propionate
As a food additive, it is listed as E number 282 in the Codex Alimentarius. Calcium propionate is used as a preservative in a wide variety of products, including but not limited to: bread, other baked goods, processed meat, whey, and other dairy products.
In agriculture, it is used, amongst other things, to prevent milk fever in cows and as a feed supplement Propionates prevent microbes from producing the energy they need, like benzoates do. However, unlike benzoates, propionates do not require an acidic environment.
Calcium Propionate
Calcium Propionate specifications
Appearance White crystalline powder
PH (1:10 aqueous solution) 7.5~10.5
Assay (dry basis),% 98.0~100.5
Insoluble Substances,% ≤0.2
Water (by KF),% ≤5.0
Fluoride(as F),ppm ≤30
Magnesium(as MgO) Passed test
Lead,ppm ≤2

Calcium propionates is used in bakery products as a mold inhibitor, typically at 0.1-0.4% (though animal feed may contain up to 1%). Mold contamination is considered a serious problem amongst bakers, and conditions commonly found in baking present near-optimal conditions for mold growth.

According to the Pesticide Action Network North America, calcium propionate is slightly toxic. Calcium propionate can be used as a fungicide on fruit.

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