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Summary of Evaluations Performed by the
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives

POTASSIUM BENZOATE
INS: 212
Chemical names: POTASSIUM BENZOATE; POTASSIUM SALT OF BENZENECARBOXYLIC ACID; POTASSIUM SALT OF PHENYLCARBOXYLIC ACID
Functional class: ANTIMICROBIAL PRESERVATIVE
Latest evaluation: 1996
ADI: 0-5 mg/kg bw
Comments: The 1996 group ADI of 0-5 mg/kg bw for benzoic acid, the benzoate salts (calcium, potassium and sodium), benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol and benzyl benzoate, expressed as benzoic acid equivalents, was maintained at the fifty-seventh meeting (2001).
Report: TRS 909-JECFA 57/73 (2001)
Specifications: COMPENDIUM ADDENDUM 12/FNP 52 Add. 12/67 (METALS LIMITS) (2004)
Tox monograph: FAS 37-JECFA 46/29 (1996)
Previous status: 1996, TRS 868-JECFA 46/41, COMPENDIUM ADDENDUM 4/FNP 52 Add.4/115. 0-5 mg/kg bw (GROUP ADI FOR BENZOIC ACID, THE BENZOATE SALTS (CALCIUM, POTASSIUM AND SODIUM), BENZALDEHYDE, BENZYL ALCOHOL AND BENZYL BENZOATE, EXPRESSED AS BENZOIC ACID EQUIVALENTS). FU. R
1983, TRS 696-JECFA 27/20, FNP 4-JECFA 17/144 (1973) (COMPENDIUM/1149), FAS 18-JECFA 27/29. 0-5 (GROUP ADI FOR BENZOIC ACID AND ITS CALCIUM, POTASSIUM AND SODIUM SALTS, EXPRESSED AS BENZOIC ACID). FU. R(1973)
1973, NMRS 53/TRS 539-JECFA 17/35, FNP 4-JECFA 17/144, FAS 5/NMRS 53A-JECFA 17/34. 0-5 (AS SUM OF BENZOIC ACID AND SODIUM AND POTASSIUM BENZOATE, EXPRESSED AS BENZOIC ACID). FU. R
1970, NMRS 48/TRS 462-JECFA 14/24, FAS 70/41/NMRS 48C-JECFA 14/8,44. R
1965, NMRS 40/TRS 339-JECFA 9/19, FAS 67.29/NMRS 40A,B,C-JECFA 9/14, FAS 67.29/NMRS 40A,B,C-JECFA 9/15. 0-5 (CONDITIONAL, 5-10). CO. N
Intake: See BENZOATES
 
29 May 05    




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       Toxicological Abbreviations
       Potassium benzoate (SIDS)