Sorbic Acid

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sorbic acid

[′sȯr·bik ′as·əd]
(organic chemistry)
CH3CH=CHCH=CHCOOH A white, crystalline compound; soluble in most organic solvents, slightly soluble in water; melts at 135°C; used as a fungicide and food preservative, and in the manufacture of plasticizers and lubricants.

Sorbic Acid


(also 2,4–hexadienoic acid), a monobasic unsaturated carboxylic acid of the aliphatic series with the formula CH3CHᆖCH—CHᆖCHCOOH. Sorbic acid is contained in the juice of the berry-like fruit of the mountain ash Sorbusaucuparia. Industry produces only one of the four theoretically possible isomers, namely, trans-trans-sorbic acid; the process involves the condensation of ketene (CH2ᆖCᆖO) together with crotonaldehyde (CH3—CHᆖCH—CHO). Sorbic acid is a colorless, crystalline compound with a melting point of 134°C and a boiling point of 228°C; it is insoluble in water but dissolves readily in alcohol. Sorbic acid is used in organic synthesis and in the preservation of various food products.

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Toledo, "Determination of benzoic and sorbic acids in Brazilian food," Food Control, vol.
From this result, significant effects that emerge are the main effects of B (monomer concentration), C (temperature), A (absorbed dose), BC (sorbic acid concentration and temperature), AC (absorbed dose and temperature), AB (absorbed dose and sorbic acid concentration) and ABC (absorbed dose, sorbic acid concentration and temperature) interactions.
The lower effectiveness of propionic acid in contrast to benzoic acid and sorbic acid might be due to the resistance of some species of moulds and their growth in media containing substantial amounts of propionic acid and its salts.
Ingredients listed on the label included American cheese (made from pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, and enzymes), water, whey, modified whey, skim milk, buttermilk, sodium citrate, cream, salt, sodium phosphate, sorbic acid, annatto, and carotenal.
Ingredients Amount (g/l) Soy flour 71.1 Wheat germ 31.7 Wesson salt mixture 10.6 Sucrose 13.0 Sorbic acid 1.0 Methyl paraben 1.6 Agar-Agar 14.0 Ascorbic acid 4.3 Acetic acid (25%) 12.0 Formaldehyde (10%) 4.4 Cholin chloride 7.3 Vitamin mix Vanderzant (20%) 3.5 Table 2 Weight and size of female pupae of Argyrotaenia sp.
And there are 13 ingredients in McDonald's and Burger King Cheddar Cheese Slices, including "cheese flavouring", trisodium citrate, diphosphates and sorbic acid.
Patients may react to cosmetic ingredients like sorbic acid, cinnamic aldehyde, and some botanical products.
Although Natori does not use the sorbic acid preservative in the products, a public health center found the preservative in one of the products at a retailer in Yokohama.
Excessive quantities of the preservatives sorbic acid and benzoic acid were also found in two of the tested products.
Then there was sorbic acid, contained in some convenience foods such as tinned soups and frozen products.