BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)

BHA is in the form of a waxy solid flake used as a traditional antioxidant in edible fats and fat containing foods helping to prevent oxidative degradation.

Main applications of BHA

Used mainly in Baked Foods, Bakery Shortening, Food Packaging, Margarine, Dehydrated Potatoes, Seasonings, Processed Meats, Cosmetic & Pharmaceutical Applications, Animal Nutrition, Animal Fats.

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Specification of BHA


Butylated Hydroxyanisole FCC (BHA)
Butylated Hydroxyanisole

Chemical formula

Formula: C11H16O2
Molecular weight: 180.3

Identification numbers

E number: 320
CAS number: 25013-16-5

Functional class



FCC: Food Chemical Codex
CFSL: Camlin Fine Sciences Ltd.

Physical properties

Description: White to slightly yellow waxy solid. (Method: FCC)
Solubility: Freely soluble in alcohol, propylene glycol. Insoluble in water. (Method: FCC)
Melting Range: Between 48°C to 63°C. (Method: FCC)
Colour Test: To Comply. (Method: FCC)


Assay (HPLC): Minimum 98.5% of C11H16O2 (Method: FCC)
Residue on Ignition: Maximum 0.05% (use 10 g) (Method: FCC, JECFA)
Arsenic content: Maximum 3 ppm (Method: FCC)
Lead content: Maximum 2 ppm (Method: JECFA)
Phenolic Impurities (*): Maximum 0.5% (Method: JECFA)
Mercury content (*): NMT 1 mg/kg (Method: EU)
Heavy Metals (as Pb) (*): NMT 10 ppm (Method: NF)
Specific Absorbtion (1% ethanol at 290nm) (*): Between 190 and 210 (Method: EU)
Specific Absorbtion (1% ethanol at 228nm) (*): Between 326 and 345 (Method: EU)

(*) To be analysed randomly in between every 25th batch.


FCC, JECFA and EU: Butylated Hydroxyanisole conforms with FCC, JECFA and EU specifications.
Genetically Modified Organisms: Butylated Hydroxyanisole is not produced from ingredients or processing aids derived by genetic modification. Butylated Hydroxyanisole does not contain any genetically modified organisms.
BSE/TSE: No animal derived ingredients whatsoever are used in the production of Butylated Hydroxyanisole. Further there is no animal derived ingredient used in the facility where Butylated Hydroxyanisole is produced.
ISO CERTIFICATION: Butylated Hydroxyanisole is ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000:2005 and FAMI-QS Certified.
KOSHER: Butylated Hydroxyanisole is Kosher & Pareve and can be used in Kosher food industry, pharmaceuticals & other Kosher products.
HALAL: Butylated Hydroxyanisole is Halal certified.

Storage - Stability

STORAGE: Store in cool dry place away from moisture, oxidizing agents and alkaline atmosphere. Keep container closed when not in use.

SHELF LIFE: 2 years from the date of manufacture, when properly stored in sealed original container in cool dry place.

Format and presentation


- 2 x 12.5 kg packed in LDPE bag in fibre drums.
- 25 kg packed in LDPE bag inside HDPE bag.
- 2 x 10 kg packed in LDPE bag inside 7 ply corrugated box.


The label includes product name, batch number, gross weight, net weight, manufacturer name, manufacturing date and expiration date.

Documents of BHA

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