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E491 – Sorbitan Fatty Acid ester

Span20: Sorbitan Monolaurate CAS No.:1338-39-2 E493
Span40: Sorbitan Monopalmitate CAS No.:26266-57-9 E495
Span60: Sorbitan Monostearate CAS No.:1338-41-6 E491
Span65: Sorbitan  Tristearate CAS No.:26658-19-5 E492
Span80: Sorbitan Monooleate CAS No.:1338-43-8 E494
Span83: Sorbitan sesquioleate CAS No:8007-43-0 
Span85: Sorbitan Trioleate CAS No.:26266-58-0
Type: Food Emulsifier, Stabilizer, Thickener, Preservative

CategoryFood Emulsifiers

Product TypeSorbitan Esters (Span 20/40/60/65/80/85)

Product description

Sorbitan Esters is a chemically synthesized product of various fatty acids and sorbitol obtained from the fractionation of vegetable oils and fats. It can be used as a food emulsifier according to GB2760-2011, safe, non-toxic and non-irritating. 

A series of products are obtained according to different types of fatty acids. This series of products are lipophilic and nonionic emulsifiers with an HLB value of 1.8 to 8.6 and can be dissolved in polar organic solvents and oils.


  • Solid 25 kg/bag, liquid 25 kg/barrel, 200 kg/barrel.
  • Customized packages are available .

Shelf life & storage condition

  • Stored at 25 /77 ℃ max and 80% relative humidity max, away from sunlight and odorous products.
  • 24 months in original package.


Span series products are widely used as emulsifiers in food, cosmetics and other industries.

As a food additive, it is widely used in cake oil, bread improvers and various beverages, and has the functions of emulsification, stabilization and foaming;

As a cosmetic additive, it can emulsify various oils and fats stably, such as: white mineral oil, silicone oil, animal oil, synthetic oil, etc. S-40, S-60, S-65 used in paste products have emulsification and thickening effect, S -80, S-85 can be used in ointment, in addition to emulsification, it can also improve the gloss of the emulsion and increase the oiliness.

Span is also used in other industries, such as: textile additives (oil, softener), metal processing aids (rust inhibitor, cutting fluid).

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