a Food Additive that is approved by the European Union (EU) and is used
as a preservative in food and drink products.
E200 is also known by the
common name Sorbic acid,
and by chemical names
t-2, 4-hexadienoic acid and 2-propenylacrylic
This chemical acts as a preservative by inhibiting the
growth of yeasts and moulds. At the same time, it does allow
bacterial activity, such as in the cases of processed and non-processed
cheeses. E200 is sometimes used in the production of sweet wines,
but can lead to 'off flavours'.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E200:
Desserts; Dessert sauces; Fermented dairy products (such as yoghurts);
Fillings and toppings; Fruit Salads; Citrus Juices; Lemonade; Cakes
products, Pizza (especially frozen pizzas),
Wine, Cider; Soups and soup concentrates.