Agent Name

Potassium sorbate

CAS Number

590-00-1; 24634-61-5

Formula

C6-H8-O2.K

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

2,4-Hexadienoic acid, (E,E')-, potassium salt; 2,4-Hexadienoic acid, potassium salt; BB Powder; Potassium (E,E')-sorbate; Potassium 2,4-hexadienoate; Potassium Sorbate; Sorbic acid, potassium salt; Sorbistat-K; Sorbistat-potassium; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Preservatives

Description

White solid; [HSDB]

Sources/Uses

Used as mold and yeast inhibitor and preservative/antioxidant for food; [HSDB]

Comments

An eye irritant; Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in foods; [HSDB] Oral LD50 (rat) = 4340 mg/kg; [ChemIDplus] May cause irritation; [MSDSonline]

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