Sodium Propionate is the sodium salt of propionic acid that is produced during the chemical degradation of sugar. It is a safe compound that is toxic to mould and some bacteria, prolonging shelf life. It is a food additive and has a food label of E281. Widely used in bakery products as its concentrations are commonly low enough that you can’t taste it in products.
• Effective inhibitor of the growth of certain moulds and some bacteria.
• Integrates well with flours.
• Easy to handle.
• Widely employed in bread to prevent mould and extend the normal shelf life of a product.
• Used in combination with flours as it is are easy to incorporate it with them.