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Calcium Propionate

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Calcium propionate is an organic salt formed by the reaction of calcium hydroxide with propionic acid (also known as propanoic acid). Its chemical formula is Ca(OOCCH2CH3)2. The compound occurs in either crystalline or powder form. It is soluble in water and only very slightly soluble in alcohol.

Calcium propionate is used as a food preservative in breads and other baked goods because of its ability to inhibit the growth of molds and other microorganisms. It is not toxic to these organisms, but does prevent them from reproducing and posing a health risk to humans.

Propionic acid occurs naturally in some foods and acts as a preservative in those foods. Some types of cheese, for example, contain as much as 1% natural propionic acid.

Studies indicate that calcium propionate is one of the safest food additives used by the food industry. Rats fed a diet containing nearly 4% calcium propionate for a year showed no ill effects. As a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has placed no limitations on its use in foods. In addition to baked goods, it is commonly used as a preservative in chocolate products, processed cheeses, and fruit preserves. The tobacco industry has also used calcium propionate as a preservative in some of its products.

Beyond its role as a food additive, calcium propionate finds some application in the manufacture of butyl rubber. Adding it to the raw product makes it easier to process the rubber and protects the rubber from scorching during manufacture.

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almost 6 years ago

what is the dosage i should use calcium propionate when making bread?

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over 4 years ago

how much calcium propionate do i use for one loaf of bread?

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over 5 years ago

you should use 0.02% of the flour weight of calcium propionate
"Calcium Propionate/Yeast Interactions." Lallemand Baking Update

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almost 5 years ago

is it be used as acidifies. how it will work in the animal feeds. what level we have to use.main work of it
thanks in advance

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over 6 years ago

whats the dosage i should use calcium prpionate in flour??

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over 7 years ago

hey there was up!

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over 1 year ago

is the use of calcium properionate in cakes and cookies and in coconut cookies which has lots of sugar admissible??????

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over 4 years ago

Which do u prefer calcium propionate or sodium propionate in fruits preserved?

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about 3 years ago

please let me know the dosage of Calcium Propionate for tobacco.

Thank You

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about 4 years ago

effect of calcium propionate

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almost 4 years ago

How and where I can buy it ?

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4 months ago


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over 3 years ago

one of my product is backing powder

can i use calcium propinonate in my product and what is its dosage and what is its uesed for bacery and improving in cake and biscuoit.