E320 - Butylated hydroxy-anisole (BHA)

Group: Acids, Antioxidants, Mineral salts

Description: petroleum derivative, retards spoilage due to oxidation; used in edible oils, chewing gum, fats, margarine, nuts, instant potato products, polyethylene food wraps; not permitted in infant foods, can provoke an allergic reaction in some people, may trigger hyperactivity and other intolerances; serious concerns over carcinogenicity and estrogenic effects, in large doses caused tumours in lab animals, banned in Japan in 1958, official committees of experts recommended that it be banned in the UK, however due to industry pressure it was not banned, McDonald's eliminated BHT from their US products by 1986, see also Butyl compounds

Animal Origin: No

Warnings: Not permitted in infant foods, allergic reaction, may trigger hyperactivity, concerns over carcinogenicity and estrogenic effects

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