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Potassium Sorbate

Potassium Sorbate Potassium Sorbate
IUPAC Name
potassium (2E,4E)-hexa-2,4-dienoate
HS Code
29161990
Formula
C6H7KO2
Appearance
White Granules
Cas No.
24634-61-5
Common Names
E202, Sorbistate-K, Sorbistat potassium, 2,4-Hexadienoic acid potassium salt, Sorbic acid potassium salt
Packaging
- 600 @ 25 kg Carton, 15 MT / 20’ FCL with pallet
- 680 @ 25 kg Carton, 17 MT / 20’ FCL without pallet
Category
  • Cosmetics
  • Food
Sub Category
  • Dietary supplement
  • Humectant
  • Preservatives

Brief Overview
Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid. It is a white salt that is very soluble in water (58.2% at 20°C). It is primarily used as a food preservative (E number 202).

Manufacturing Process
Potassium sorbate is produced industrially by neutralizing sorbic acid with potassium hydroxide. The precursor sorbic acid is produced in a two-step process via the condensation of crotonaldehyde and ketene.

Cosmetics
It is used in the formulation of facial and eye makeup and personal skin-care and hair products.

Food Industry
Potassium sorbate is used to inhibit molds and yeasts in many foods, such as cheese, wine, yogurt, dried meats, apple cider, soft drinks and fruit drinks, and baked goods. It can also be found in the ingredients list of many dried fruit products. In addition, herbal dietary supplement products generally contain potassium sorbate, which acts to prevent mold and microbes and to increase shelf life. Also known as "wine stabilizer", potassium sorbate produces sorbic acid when added to wine.

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