Polysorbate 60 is a synthetically produced emulsifier and dispersing agent used to carry flavors and colors in foods.

Health considerations

Polysorbate 60 is considered safe and has no adverse effects reported at the levels present in food. Polysorbate 60 may aggravate propylene glycol sensitivity. In studies of rats fed polysorbate 60 as 25% of their diet for two months, persitent and severe diarrhea developed.

Keep in mind

The fatty acids used to synthesize polysorbates may come from animal sources. If this is of concern, consumers should contact manufacturers.

May be found in

Ice cream, soft drinks, cakes, puddings, desserts, confectionery


EWG’s Skin Deep
Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Alternative Spellings and Names

Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate, E435

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