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Industry Overview:

When most people think of preservatives, they think of food. Certainly, preservatives play a vital role in food safety. Antimicrobials like lactic acid and nitrites prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms like bacteria. Antioxidants like ascorbic acid and sulfites help to prevent the oxidation process that eventually turns many foods rancid. With the world’s population constantly growing, food preservation becomes more important than ever, to ensure maximum possible food supply.

Preservatives protect so much more than just food, though. They are used in pharmaceutical drugs to ensure your prescription lasts, and in biological samples including blood bank stores. They enhance personal care products, paints and coatings, and construction materials. In short, the science of preservatives is all about maximizing a product’s shelf life, protecting goods from damage caused by environmental factors, be they physical, biological, or chemical.

Common Applications:

  • Artificial
  • Natural - Natural formulation, nature-identical, rosemary extract, hops, castor oil, salt etc.
  • Physical – refrigeration, drying, dehydration etc.
  • Antioxidants – ascorbic acid, BHA, BHT, ethanol etc.
  • Sulfur dioxide, sulfites, other antimicrobials etc.
  • Microbials – lactic acid, nitrates, nitrites etc.
  • Enzymes
  • Acids
  • Chelators
  • Spectrum
  • pH
  • Formulation
  • Traditional preservatives – parabens, IPBC, formaldehyde-releasers etc
  • Sequestering agents – citric acid, lecithin etc.
  • Oxidation
  • Emulsifiers
  • Stabilizers
  • Surfactants


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