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Benzoyl Peroxide


A bleaching agent in flour, whey processing and milk for Italian cheese making. The JECFA has concluded that almost all benzoyl peroxide is converted to benzoic acid during processing, storage or heating. Benzoyl peroxide is also used as a bleaching agent when using annatto. The bleaching of cheese milk may alter Vitamin A levels.

Benzoyl Peroxide - Quick Stats

Allergy Information

Vitamin A


Sodium Benzoate


Bleaching Agent

Additional Information

Benzoyl peroxide is also commonly used as a topical acne treatment.

Found In

Flour, whey and milk, Asiago fresh, Asiago soft cheese, Asiago medium cheese, Asiago old cheese, Blue cheese, aciocavallo siciliano cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, Parmesan and Reggiano cheese, Provolone cheese, Romano cheese, Swiss Emmental cheese

Possible Health Effects

On its own, benzoyl peroxide is a severe skin irritant. The resulting benzoic acid (through processing & storage) is also an irritant which may cause hives and exacerbate asthma.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals, See Possible Health Effects section

In The News

June 28, 2004 - Food Navigator reports: Flavouring agents under scrutiny

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