Amber-coloured oily viscous liquid, light cream to tan beads or flakes or a hard, waxy solid with a slight 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
  • Stabiliser - A substance that maintains the uniform dispersal of substances in a food

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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 Sorbitan monooleate
European Union
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Australia and New Zealand
Not Permitted
Philippines
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Austria
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Belgium
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Bulgaria
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Cyprus
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Czech Republic
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Denmark
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Estonia
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Finland
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
France
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Germany
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Greece
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Hungary
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Ireland
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Italy
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Latvia
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Lithuania
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Luxembourg
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Malta
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Netherlands
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Poland
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Portugal
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Romania
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Slovakia
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Slovenia
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Spain
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Sweden
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
United Kingdom
Approved Sorbitan monooleate
Australia
Not Permitted
New Zealand
Not Permitted

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Halal - maybe

E494 - Sorbitan monooleate: Emulsifiers and Stabilizers - salts or Esters of Fatty Acids. Suitable for vegetarian label indicates that only vegetable fat is used as a source.

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E494 - Sorbitan monooleate: Produced from sorbitol and lauric acid, a normal fatty acid from vegetable or animal origin. Emulsifier, stabiliser stopping yeast products foaming. Banned in Australia. Used in pharmaceuticals. Avoid it.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E494 - Sorbitan monooleate: Produced from sorbitol and lauric acid, a normal fatty acid from vegetable or animal origin. Emulsifier, stabiliser stopping yeast products foaming. Banned in Australia. Used in pharmaceuticals. Avoid it.

MBM Foods

Banned in some countries - yes

E494 - Sorbitan monooleate: Not permitted in Australia.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Banned in some countries - yes

E494 - Sorbitan monooleate: Avoid it, banned in some countries.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

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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: 1338-43-8
  • EINECS Number: 215-665-4
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