Origin:
Commercially synthesised from formaldehyde and ammonia
Function & characteristics:
Used as a preservative against fungi.
Products:
Caviar, cheese, herring, preserved fish, etc.
Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 0.15 mg/kg body weight.
Side effects:
It is metabolised by the liver and excreted. High concentrations have considerable side effects; however, these concentrations are never reached in foods, due to the taste it imparts.
Dietary restrictions:
None – E239 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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