Sodium benzoate white crystalline soluble compound used as antibacterial and antifungal agent; it is a sodium salt of benzonic acid which is produced by reacting sodium hydroxide with benzoic acid. Sodium benzoate is the first preservative the FDA allowed in food foods.
Sodium benzoate is an odorless, crystalline powder made by combining benzoic and sodium hydroxide that is added to some sodas, packaged foods, industrial products and personal care products to prolong shelf life.
- It is commonly used in foods and drinks preservation such assoda, bottled lemon juice, jelly salad dressing, soy sauceand other condiments, to inhibit the growth of some harmful bacterial, mold and other microbes in food then deterring spoilage
- In medicine, it helps in making the pills lubricant when manufacturing then, then it aids transparency and smoothens the pills as well as aiding in the rapid breakdown of after being swallowed. A larger amount may be prescribed to treat hyper ammonia.
- Sodium benzoate when used in industry, it serves as a coolants for car engines so as to deter corrosion; it may also be used as a stabilizer in photo processing and in improving the strength of some plastics.