Origin:
Sodium salt of phenylphenol, synthesised from phenyl ether.
Function & characteristics:
White powder used especially against Penicillium fungi growing on citrus fruits, apples and pears. It is very soluble in water, and used for spraying or dipping fruits. It slowly penetrates the skin and may be present in the fruit itself.
Products:
C itrus fruits, apples, pears.
Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 0.2 mg/kg body weight.
Side effects:
Normal washing removes it easily. Ingested residues are excreted unaltered by the kidneys and provoke no adverse reactions.
Dietary restrictions:
None – phenylphenolate can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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