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Sodium propionate is used as a food preservative, as a mold inhibitor in bakery products and in insect cell culture. It is also used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agriculture and animal feed as preservative. It acts as a food additive. Further, it inhibits the growth of lactic acid bacteria.
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