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Uses:  Polysorbate 40 used as emulsifier, stabiliser in a large range of foods including chewing gum, ice cream, soft drinks. Also used in a wide range of detergents, pharmaceuticals and beauty and skin products.

People intolerant of propylene glycol should also avoid the group of E430-E436.

These compounds (E430-E436) contain fatty acids, which are nearly always from vegetable oils; however, use of animal fat (including pork) cannot be fully ruled out.

Chemically, the origin of these compounds cannot be determined; only the producer may provide information on the origin.

PEG 40 may be irritating to mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract. Also harmful by inhalation, ingestion and cause irritation to eyes and skin.

Polysorbates or PEG’s have been linked to miscarriage and infertility.

Potentially cancer-inciting. Avoid it. Banned in Australia.

Description: Polysorbate 40, also known as PEG 40 and Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monopalmitate, is a polyoxyethylene derivative of sorbitol, ethylene oxide as a petroleum derivative and palm oil in the form of palmitic acid. Can cause skin allergy in some people. Also regarded as a detergent.

It is an emulsifier derived from animal fatty acids, and natural oils and used as synthetic flavourings, surfactants, de foaming agents and dough conditioners. It may increase the absorption of fat-soluble substances.

Possible cancer causing.


E434 Polysorbate 40

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