Sodium phosphates are one of the most used “Es”! Find out more

Sodium phosphate refers to various inorganic salts composed of sodium and phosphate.

It is one of the most widely used food additives and is commonly used to improve quality or as a nutritional supplement in meat, seafood, baked goods, dairy products and beverages.

We recognize three types:

Sodium dihydrogen phosphate under the number known as E339(i) , can be used as an acidity regulator and nutritional supplement.

Sodium hydrogen phosphate under the number known as E339(ii) , can be used as an anti-caking agent, flavoring agent, ph control agent.

Tribasic sodium phosphate under the number known as E339(iii) is primarily used as an acidity regulator in cereals and a moisture retainer in meat and seafood.

Main important points about E 339 – sodium phosphates
We classify them among melting salts

They are not of natural origin

It is suitable for children, it is used in baby food

It is not a common allergen

This ingredient is vegan and gluten-free

Production E 339

It is produced by neutralizing phosphoric acid with sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate.

Where are sodium phosphates (E 339) used?

So, in general, phosphates are used to prevent oxidation, discoloration and breakdown of vitamin C, ultimately extending the shelf life of foods and reducing cooking time, etc.

Specific products

  • Pikok – pork sausages with cheese
  • Tatra – milk for coffee
  • Madetka – creamy processed cheese

Is E339 healthy?

Phosphates have not been found to be harmful, but excessive amounts can cause calcium deficiency in the body.

Use in the EU vs. USA vs. world

When used as food additives, they are almost free of side effects and their safety has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority.