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Sorbic Acid

Alternate Names

Calcium Sorbate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sorbate, Acetic Acid, Hexadienic Acid, Hexadienoic Acid, Sorbistat

Description

An organic compound used as a preservative and humectant in foods and cosmetics. The salts of sorbic acid (calcium, sodium and potassium) are used due to their ability to dissolve in water.

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Names

Calcium Sorbate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sorbate, Acetic Acid, Hexadienic Acid, Hexadienoic Acid, Sorbistat

Allergy Information

Uses

Preservative, Humectant

E-Number

E200, E201, E202, E203

Additional Information

The chemical was originally discovered in Rown berry of the Mountain Ash shrubs. While sorbic acid can still be made from these berries, they are now typically made from chemicals.



Found In

Used in a wide variety of foods including: cheese, frozen pizza, bread, fountain sodas, deli salads, jelly, baked goods

Possible Health Effects

May cause skin irritation; animal studies showed no other harmful effects.

Allergy Information

Contains Sodium (those on sodium restricted diets should limit)

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