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E432 - Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate

Additives: E432 - Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate

Functions: Emulsifier, Stabilizer

Polysorbate 20 -common commercial brand names include Scattics, Alkest TW 20 and Tween 20- is a polysorbate-type nonionic surfactant formed by the ethoxylation of sorbitan before the addition of lauric acid. Its stability and relative nontoxicity allows it to be used as a detergent and emulsifier in a number of domestic, scientific, and pharmacological applications. As the name implies the ethoxylation process leaves the molecule with 20 repeat units of polyethylene glycol; in practice these are distributed across 4 different chains leading to a commercial product containing a range of chemical species. - Wikipedia

Risk of overexposure

EFSA evaluation: Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate -E 432-, polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate -E 433-, polyoxyethylene sorbitan monopalmitate -E 434-, polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate -E 435- and polyoxyethylene sorbitan tristearate -E 436- as food additives (2015-07-17)

Names: Monolaurate de polyoxyéthylène sorbitane, polysorbate 20

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