Sorbic acid is an additive used as an antifungal agent and as a preservative (E200) for fruits and vegetables. Therefore, it can be found in various food products based on fruits and vegetables (yogurts, cider, etc.) as well as in light mayonnaises and margarines.


Sorbic acid, identified by the number E200, is an organic chemical compound commonly used as a food preservative due to its ability to inhibit the growth of microorganisms and extend the shelf life of food.

Properties and Characteristics:

  • Chemical Formula: Sorbic acid is represented by the chemical formula C₆H₈O₂, highlighting its molecular structure composed of six carbon atoms, eight hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms.
  • Preservative: Its main characteristic is its preservative action, which prevents the growth of molds, yeasts, and other microorganisms in food products.


Food Industry:

  • Preservation: Used as a preservative in a variety of food products, including baked goods, beverages, dairy products, and confectionery items, to extend their shelf life.


  • Stability: Sorbic acid is also present in some cosmetic products to maintain stability and prevent degradation due to microbial growth.


  • Preparation: In the pharmaceutical industry, it is used in some preparations for its antifungal and preservative properties.

Safety and Precautions:

Although widely recognized as safe when used according to guidelines, it is essential to adhere to recommended usage limits to avoid potential adverse effects. Like all food additives, excessive or inappropriate use should be avoided.

Data sheet

CAS Number
HS Code
2918 90 00
Chemical Formula

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