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Preservative (INS 200)

Also Known As : Sorbic acid 200, E200, INS 200, Hexa-2,4-dienoic acid, 2,4-hexadienoic acid, 1,3-pentadiene-1-carboxylic acid


Taste Profile

It is odourless and tasteless.

Usage Tips

  1. Preservative (INS 200) is commonly used as a preservative in wines, cheeses, baked goods, fresh produce, refrigerated meat, and shellfish.
  2. Because of its anti-fungal properties, it is also used in canned food products like pickles, prunes, cherries, and figs.

Common names and forms

  1. Permitted Class II Preservative (INS 200)


Preservative (INS 200) also known as Sorbic acid, is a food preservative which protects many food varieties from yeast and mold spoilage. It is an organic compound, with strong antimicrobial properties. It was first isolated from the unripe berries of the rowan tree also known as Sorbus aucuparia, hence its name. They are colourless needles or white free-flowing powder and are the most commonly used food preservative in the world, making the global food chain possible. It’s usually applied to food by either spraying or dipping the food with a solution of sorbic acid and water.


Some people may be allergic to sorbic acid, however reactions are mild and include mild skin itching. Severe reactions to Preservative (INS 200) can occur when handling it in its pure, undiluted form and may result in rashes, paleness, nausea, vomiting. and going into shock.(1)​

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