Dimethyl dicarbonate

E Number E242
Name Dimethyl dicarbonate
Class Preservatives
Additional details Preservative, antiseptic
Origin Synthetic
Common applications Wines, refreshments, juices, isotonic drinks, teas, flavored water
Observations At high doses is toxic because release high amounts of methanol during its decomposition.
Evaluation To avoid

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Conditions of use in food categories

Category Number Category Name Maximum Level (mg/l or mg/kg as appropriate) Details Restrictions/exceptions
14.1.4 Flavoured drinks250Ingoing amount, residues not detectable Other250Ingoing amount, residues not detectableonly liquid tea concentrate
14.2.2 Wine and other products defined by Regulation (EEC) No 1234/2007, and alcohol-free counterparts250Ingoing amount, residues not detectableonly alcohol-free
14.2.3 Cider and perry250Ingoing amount, residues not detectable 
14.2.4 Fruit wine and made wine250Ingoing amount, residues not detectableonly fruit wines and alcohol-reduced wine Aromatised wines250Ingoing amount, residues not detectable Aromatised wine-based drinks250Ingoing amount, residues not detectable Aromatised wine-product cocktails250Ingoing amount, residues not detectable 
14.2.8 Other alcoholic drinks including mixtures of alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks and spirits with less than 15 % of alcohol250Ingoing amount, residues not detectableonly wine-based drinks