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Growth on benzoate question.

GS microHero at compuserve.com
Wed Dec 10 02:07:47 EST 1997


Benzoate is used in acidic foods (eg fruit juice) - at acid pH it's not
ionised and is soluble in lipids - eg cell membrane - so it can enter
the cell. At neutral or basic pH it can't. That explains why it doesn't
kill your isolates.

GS



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