Preservatives can be natural or synthetic and are used in almost all processed foods. Salt and sugar have been used as preservatives since ancient times. Preservatives can be grouped into two main categories:

  • Antimicrobials - block the growth of bacteria, molds and/or yeasts
  • Antioxidants - prevent or slow the oxidation of fats and lipids

Overall, preservatives and antioxidants are used to assure our foods are safe, appealing, and taste fresh while transported and stored throughout the country.

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Download a copy of our featured antioxidants & preservatives (PDF, 374 KB) to learn more about natural status, pH, key functional properties, and more!

Featured Antimicrobials

Antimicrobial PreservativesFormNatural Status
SorbatesPotassium Sorbate, Sorbic AcidN
BenzoatesSodium Benzoate, Benzoic AcidN
ParabensMethyl and Propyl ParabensN
PropionatesPropionic Acid, Sodium and Calcium PropionatesN
NitritesSodium and Potassium NitriteN
SulfitesSulfur Dioxide (gas), Bisulfites and MetabisulfitesN
Other AcidulantsAcetic/Glacial, Malic, Citric, Fumaric, Phosphoric, Lactic, Succinic and Tartaric Acids, GDLSome
AcetatesSodium Acetate, Sodium DiacetateN
Natural PreservativesRosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chitosan, Raisin/Prune Juice ConcentratesY
SweetenersFructose, Sucrose, Dextrose, Invert Sugar, HoneyY

Featured Antioxidants

PreservativeFormNatural Status
AscorbateAscorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Calcium AscorbateN
ErythorbateErythorbic Acid, Sodium ErythorbateSome
TocopherolsMixed Tocopherols, alpha-TocopherolY
Rosemary ExtractRosemary Extract 10%Y
Propyl GallatePropyl GallateSome
EDTACalcium and DiSodium EDTAN

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