Occurring naturally in some fruits Sorbic acid can be commercially
manufactured synthetically from the toxic, irritant, colourless
gas ketene. (See also E201, E202
As a preservative it effectively inhibits the growth of yeasts
and moulds whilst allowing bacterial activity, e.g. in cheese,
both non-processed and processed. Also may be used in sweet
wine making but can sometimes produce 'off flavours'.
In addition to its use in these areas it can also be found
in candied peel, cider, dessert sauces, fillings and toppings,
fermented milks, frozen pizzas, fruit salads, gelatin capsules,
soft drinks, soup concentrates, sweets, yoghurt, medicines and
A possible skin irritant.
Not approved for use in Australia.