Calcium propionate is white light scaly crystals, or white granules or powders. Slightly special smell, easy to deliquescence in humid air. The monohydrate salt is a plate crystal of colorless monoclinic system. Soluble in water, slightly soluble in ethanol. For mold, yeast and bacteria have a wide range of antibacterial effect, used in bread and cakes can play a role in antisepsis, the lower the pH value, the higher the anti-sepsis effect. Calcium propionate is almost non-toxic to humans. Used in cosmetics as antiseptic spines.
Used as bread; A preservative for pastries and cheeses and a mildew inhibitor for fodder. Propionate as food preservative, calcium propionate is mainly used in bread, because sodium propionate increases the pH value of bread, delay the fermentation of raw flour; Sodium propionate is often used in pastries, because the leavening of pastries uses synthetic leavening agents, without the yeast development problems caused by rising pH. The effect of sodium propionate was better than calcium propionate when it was used as feed preservation agent. But calcium propionate is more stable than sodium propionate. Propionate is used in food except for bread; Pastry. Besides cheese, it can also be used in soy sauce to prevent mildew and inhibit refermentation. In medicine, propionate can be made into powder; Solutions and ointments treat diseases caused by parasitic molds on the skin. Ointment (liquid) contains 12.3% sodium propionate, powder contains 15% calcium propionate.
Calcium propionate can effectively prevent food spoilage caused by the growth of Bacillus potato.
It is used in baked goods such as breads and pastries to extend the shelf life of products.
Calcium propionate is found in some cheeses and butter because it is produced by food fermentation.
Calcium propionate is also added to processed meats, pies and dairy products.
Calcium propionic acid is also used in sweets, icing, gelatin, puddings, fresh dough, pizzas, non-alcoholic beverages, jams and jellies.
Calcium propionate in food dosage is not high, the proportion is usually 0.1-0.4%. The compound is classified as a non-toxic and safe food additive.
This compound does not accumulate in the body's tissues. When consumed through food, the body separates calcium from propionic acid and metabolizes the acid into other fatty acids.
It is also added to tobacco and animal feed because it inhibits the growth of molds and other microorganisms.
Calcium propionate is added to cattle feed to help prevent milk fever. It also provides calcium for cattle.
In medicine, butyl rubber is also used to improve quality