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Methylparaben

Alternate Names

Methyl Paraben, Methyl-p-Hydroxybenzoate

Description

A preservative and anti-fungal/antimicrobial found in jelly, jam, and other preserves. Also found in many cosmetics such as bubble bath and eyeliner. It is naturally occurring in some fruits and is readily absorbed through the GI tract as well as through the skin.

Methylparaben - Quick Stats
Names

Methyl Paraben, Methyl-p-Hydroxybenzoate

Allergy Information

Uses

Preservative, Antimicrobial

E-Number

E218

Additional Information

The European Food Safety Authority (ESFA) concluded that acceptable daily intake is 0-10 mg/kg body weight per day for methyl and ethyl parabens and their sodium salts.



Found In

jelly, jam, preserves, jelly coating on meat products, coated nuts, cereal snacks

Possible Health Effects

Can cause allergic reactions on the skin such as rashes, itchiness, and swelling. Allergic reactions to ingested parabens have also been reported.

Allergy Information

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

In The News

9/30/04 - Food Navigator: Parabens: food authority proposes limit for food preservative

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