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A sequestrant is a term for a food additive. Sequestrants improve the quality and stability of the food products. Sequestrants form chelate complexes with polyvalent metal ions, especially copper, iron and nickel, which can prevent the oxidation of the fats in the food. Sequestrants are a type of preservative.

The name comes from Latin and means "to withdraw from use"[citation needed].

Common sequestrants are:

Sodium and calcium salts of EDTA are also commonly used in many foods and beverages.