The following list outlines all preservatives that we should steer clear from. The list also includes nitrates and sulphites (particular types of preservatives) that should also be avoided.



200 – Sorbic acid (preservative)


201 - Sodium sorbate (preservative)


202 – Potassium sorbate (preservative)


203 – Calcium sorbate (preservative)


210 – Benzoic acid (preservative)


211 – Sodium benzoate (preservative)


212 – Potassium benzoate (preservative)


213 – Calcium benzoate (preservative)


216 – Propylparaben or Propyl-p-hydroxy-benzoate (preservative)


218 – Methylparaben or Methyl-p-hydroxy-benzoate (preservative)


220 – Sulphur dioxide (preservative)


221 – Sodium sulphite (preservative)


222 – Sodium bisulphite (preservative)


223 – Sodium metabisulphite (preservative)


224 – Potassium metabisulphite (preservative)


225 – Potassium sulphite (preservative)


228 – Potassium bisulphite (preservative)


234 – Nisin (preservative)


235 – Natamycin or Pimaricin (preservative)


242 – Dimethyl dicarbonate (preservative) 


249 – Potassium nitrite (preservative, colour fixative)


250 – Sodium nitrite (preservative, colour fixative)


251 – Sodium nitrate (preservative, colour fixative)


252 – Potassium nitrate (preservative, colour fixative)


280 – Propionic acid (preservative)


281 – Sodium propionate (preservative)


282 – Calcium propionate (preservative)


283 – Potassium propionate (preservative)


385 – Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate or calcium disodium EDTA (preservative, antioxidant)


1105 – Lysozyme (enzyme, preservative)




Dr. Socrates Angelides



Page Last Updated: 9/7/11

List of Preservatives