Epoxy Oilserv Nigeria is the distributor of food grade chemicals in Nigeria, we have large stock of Sorbic Acid across our warehouses in major cities

About Sorbic acid.

The brief history of Sorbic acid is that it is a natural preservative first isolated in 1859 from the berries of an ash tree. Sorbic acid is unsaturated fatty acid containing two carbon-carbon double bonds and both are in the trans configuration. Investigation of its antimicrobial activity found it to be an effective inhibitor of molds, yeasts, and fungi. Sodium and potassium salts of sorbic acid (i.e., sodium sorbate and potassium sorbate) are not as effective. The free acid form is more effective as an antimicrobial. It should be noted that antimicrobial activity of sorbic acid increases as the pH of the media decreases. Enhanced activity at low pH results from the acid being fully protonated (unionized) and thus readily taken up by the microorganism. Combination of sorbic acid and lactic acid have also been shown to inhibit the growth of the pathogen Salmonella. Sorbic acid is widely used to inhibit yeast and molds in processed cheese, wine, fruit juices, and some baked goods (pastries). It is also used in processed meats as an alternative to preservation using nitrites.

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Sorbic acid is a naturally occurring compound currently has become the most commonly used food preservative on earth: it makes the global food chain possible. It’s significantly effective at inhibiting the growth of mold, which can spoil food and spread fatal diseases. For example, when sorbic acid is sprayed on the exterior of a country ham or even bread as shown below, there won’t be any mold growth for 30 days. This allows for food to be shipped and stored all over the globe.

Sorbic acid better than Nitrates as preservative

Sorbic acid is a preferred preservative compared to nitrates, which can form carcinogenic byproducts. It’s applied to food by either spraying or dipping the food with a solution of sorbic acid and water.

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