E200 is a Food Additive that is approved by the European Union (EU) and is used as a preservative in food and drink products.
E200 is also known by the common name sorbic acid, and by chemical names t-2, 4-hexadienoic acid and 2-propenylacrylic acid.
This chemical acts as a preservative by inhibiting the growth of yeasts and moulds. At the same time, it does allow bacterial activity, such as in the cases of processed and non-processed cheeses. E200 is sometimes used in the production of sweet wines, but can lead to 'off flavours'.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E200:
- dessert sauces
- fermented dairy products (such as yoghurts)
- fillings and toppings
- fruit salads
- citrus juices
- cakes and bakery products
- pizza (especially frozen pizzas)
- soup concentrates