Malic acid

E Number E296
Name Malic acid
Class Others
Groups Group I
Additional details Preservative, acidulants
Origin Natural or synthetic
Common sources fruit extraction (such as from apple)
Common applications Drinks, refreshments, wines, caramels, pastry, candies
Observations At high doses, may cause digestive problems in children and infants once they have no abilities to digest malic acid
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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
04.1.2 Peeled, cut and shredded fruit and vegetablesquantum satisonly prepacked unprocessed and peeled potatoes only
04.2.3 Canned or bottled fruit and vegetablesquantum satis Extra jam and extra jelly as defined by Directive 2001/113/ECquantum satis Jam, jellies and marmalades and sweetened chestnut puree as defined by Directive 2001/113/ECquantum satis Other similar fruit or vegetable spreadsquantum satis 
11.4.3 Table-top sweeteners in tabletsquantum satis 
13.1.3 Processed cereal-based foods and baby foods for infants and young children as defined by Commission Directive 2006/125/EC (19)quantum satisonly processed cereal-based foods and baby foods, only for pH adjustment, L(+)-form only
14.1.2 Fruit juices as defined by Directive 2001/112/EC and vegetable juices3 000only pineapple juice
14.1.3 Fruit nectars as defined by Directive 2001/112/EC and vegetable nectars and similar productsquantum satisonly traditional Swedish and Finnish fruit syrups