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Sodium benzoate is a preservative approved worldwide to maintain quality and taste in foodstuffs. As well as its use as a preservative to maintain the microbiological safety of foodstuffs, sodium benzoate also occurs naturally in a wide range of foods, such as cranberries, at levels that are usually much higher than those at which it is used as a preservative.
Sodium benzoate is approved by the European regulatory authorities. It is safe and, as normally consumed, has no negative effects on health.
Sodium Benzoate and Soft Drinks
Sodium Benzoate has been in use for more than 100 years and is widely used by the food and beverage industry to maintain quality and taste. It is approved for use in soft drinks by the European Union as well as other international regulatory bodies including the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan.
All drinks in which sodium benzoate has been added carry clear labelling in the ingredients list on the bottle or can. The E number for sodium benzoate is E211.