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 is also commonly used as a topical acne treatment.
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.
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
Copyright February 15, 2012 Be Food Smart
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