hydrogen peroxide chemical structure

Hydrogen peroxide is used in baking as an equipment and packaging sterilizer.

Hydrogen Peroxide


What is Hydrogen Peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide is the simplest peroxide, a colorless and weakly acidic solution. At varying diluted concentrations, hydrogen peroxide can serve a multitude of sterilization applications.

Origin

Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in virtually all organisms by oxidative metabolism. Though the body shortly destroys the peroxide by attacking, using small amounts of enzymes also produced by the body. In the industry, hydrogen peroxide is primarily produced via the anthraquinone process involving hydrogenation, filtration, oxidation, and extraction.

Function

Primarily utilized as an oxidizing agent for chemical compounds including benzyl alcohols, cyanides, lignans, or sulphides.

Application

Hydrogen peroxide applies to aseptic packaging within the food industry, such as for fruit juices or milk products. Hydrogen peroxide is not utilized in baking applications other than as an equipment and packaging sterilizer.

FDA Legal Requirement

Cannot be used in sterilization of food packaging if in a concentrated solution reaching more than 0.5 ppm hydrogen peroxide.