Potassium Sorbate

Potassium Sorbate is widely used as a preservative in foods, beverages & personal care products.

Used in:

  • apple cider

  • baked goods

  • canned fruits and vegetables

  • cheeses

  • dried meats

  • dried fruit

  • ice cream

  • pickles

  • soft drinks and juices

  • wine

  • yogurt

Potassium sorbate E202 prolongs the shelf life of foods and beverages by stopping the growth of mould, yeast, fungi, and bacteria. The potassium food additive is also odourless and a tasteless salt that is synthetically produced from sorbic acid and potassium hydroxide.

It is safe to consume additives and does not accumulate in the human body. It breaks down to carbon dioxide and then into water within the body.

Potassium Sorbate looks like white crystals and is very soluble in water. Other names for potassium sorbate would be potassium salt or hexadecenoic acid.

Did you know? dipping strawberries in a solution of potassium sorbate can delay mould growth and extend the shelf life of the strawberries up to 7 days.

Potassium sorbate is naturally found in the mountain ash trees’ berries and was discovered by the French in the 1850s. In today’s modern world, potassium sorbate is massed and produced synthetically in labs.

Potassium sorbate is very PH dependent, while it shows some activity up to pH6, it is most active at pH4.4 (70%).

Bragan Chemicals stocks potassium sorbate in both granular and powder form. The product is both Kosher and Halaal. Please contact us to place an order.

Written by : Warren Schwulst

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