Lemon to orange coloured oily liquid or semi-gel 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
Approved Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate
European Union
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Polysorbate 60 or Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate
Philippines
Approved Polyoxyethylene (20) Sorbitan Monostearate
Austria
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Belgium
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Bulgaria
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Cyprus
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Czech Republic
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Denmark
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Estonia
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Finland
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
France
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Germany
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Greece
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Hungary
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Ireland
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Italy
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Latvia
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Lithuania
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Luxembourg
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Malta
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Netherlands
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Poland
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Portugal
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Romania
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Slovakia
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Slovenia
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Spain
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Sweden
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
United Kingdom
Approved Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
Australia
Approved Polysorbate 60 or Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate
New Zealand
Approved Polysorbate 60 or Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate

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Halal - maybe

E435 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate: Suitable for vegetarian label indicates that only vegetable fat is used as a source.

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - maybe

E435 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate: Suspected carcinogen - more testing needed

Additive Alert

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E435 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate: Avoid it. Possible cancer causing. Found in every kind of food. A synthetic compound, produced from ethylene oxide (a synthetic compound), sorbitol (see E420) and palmitic acid (a natural fatty acid).

MBM Foods

Synthetic substance - yes

E435 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate: Avoid it. Possible cancer causing. Found in every kind of food. A synthetic compound, produced from ethylene oxide (a synthetic compound), sorbitol (see E420) and palmitic acid (a natural fatty acid).

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E435 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate: Increases absorption of fat soluable substances. VERY LARGE AMOUNTS can cause flatulence, diarrhoea and abdominal distension

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Derived from animal products - maybe

E435 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate: Emulsifiers derived from animal fatty acids; used as sythetic flavourings, surfactants, defoaming agents and dough conditioners; may increase the absorption of fat-soluble substances.

DFlock

Derived from animal products - yes

E435 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate: Possibly animal derived. Substances used in food, clothing, cosmetics and other products which are or can be taken from animals.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Linked to cancer - yes

E435 - Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Polysorbate 60
Glycosperse S-20
Hetsorb S-20
Liposorb S-20
Lonzest SMS-20
Norfox sorbo T-60
Poe-20 sorbitan monostearate
Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate
Tween 60

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: 9005-67-8
  • EINECS Number: 500-020-4

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