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What is erythorbic acid that is on the label of a jar of applesauce?

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It is an antioxidant, a curing accelerator, and a preservative. It is used in fruits to prevent browning and in cured meat products for curing. It is an approved additive and so when used properly is safe.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University in July 2004

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