Lemon to amber coloured oily liquid at 25o, with a faint characteristic odour.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water

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Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
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European Union
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Australia and New Zealand
Not Permitted
Philippines
Approved Polyoxyethylene (20) Sorbitan Monolaurate
Austria
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Belgium
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Bulgaria
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Cyprus
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Czech Republic
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Denmark
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Estonia
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Finland
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
France
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Germany
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Greece
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Hungary
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Ireland
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Italy
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Latvia
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Lithuania
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Luxembourg
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Malta
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Netherlands
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Poland
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Portugal
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Romania
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Slovakia
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Slovenia
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Spain
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Sweden
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
United Kingdom
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
Australia
Not Permitted
New Zealand
Not Permitted

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E432 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate: Suspected carinogen - more work needed.

Additive Alert

Halal - maybe

E432 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate: Fatty Acid derivatives. Suitable for vegetarian label indicates that only vegetable fat is used as a source.

Muslim Consumer Group

Synthetic substance - yes

E432 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate: Emulsifier, stabiliser in a large range of foods including chewing gum, ice cream, soft drinks. Causes fat absorption. Potentially cancer-inciting. Avoid it. Synthetic compound, produced from ethylene oxide (a synthetic compound) and stearic acid (a natural fatty acid).

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E432 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate: People intolerant of propylene glycol should also avoid the group of 430-E436. These compounds (430-E436) contain fatty acids, which are nearly always from vegetable oils; however, use of animal fat (including pork) cannot be fully ruled out. Chemically, the origin of these compounds cannot be determined; only the producer may provide information on the origin. Banned in Australia.

MBM Foods

Synthetic substance - yes

E432 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate: Emulsifiers derived from animal fatty acids; used as sythetic flavourings, surfactants, defoaming agents and dough conditioners; may increase the absorption of fat-soluble substances

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E432 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate: Avoid it, banned in some countries.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Linked to cancer - yes

E432 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Polysorbate 20
Hetsorb L-20
Liposorb L-20
Lonzest SML-20
Norfox sorbo T-20
Poe-20 sorbitan monolaurate
Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate
T-maz 20K
Tween 20

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 9005-64-5
  • EINECS Number: 500-018-3

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