Polysorbate 80

Del-Val Food Ingredients Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier that is commonly used in foods.  The full chemical name is polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate and is made from the reaction of polyethoxylated sorbitan and oleic acid. Oleic acid is reacted with sorbitol to make an emulsifier with a maximum acid value of 7.5 which is then reacted with ethylene oxide.  The resulting emulsifier has a saponification number of 45-55 an acid number o 0+2 with an Oxyethylene content of 65-59.5% and a Hydroxyl number 81-96

Our polysorbate 80 is sold in 450 lb drums.

Usage in Foods

Polysorbate 80 is commonly used in many foods such as ice cream, frozen custard, ice milk sherberts, whipped toppings and other frozen desserts.  It should not exceed 0.1% of the finished product.  Poly 80 is also used as a defoamer in yeast and cottage cheese, a solubilizing and dispersing agent in pickles (maximum usage of 500ppm), to solubilizing and dispersing of vitamins and vitamin-mineral combinations.  Polysorbate 80 is also commonly used as a dill oil dispersing agent in canned vegetables.


Polysorbate 80 in Frozen Desserts

Poly 80 is commonly used in ice cream and other frozen desserts where it is used at levels up to 0.5% to increase and improve smoothness and handling on automated equipment.  Polysorbate 80 will increase ice cream resistance to melting.  This is accomplished by polysorbate 80 preventing the coating of the milk protein on the fat droplets.  This will create chains that act as a net.  This network will hold the air that was incorporated to provide a firmer texture as the ice cream softens or melts.


Non-Food Uses

Our poly 80 is food grade, however, it can be used as a surfactant in nonfood applications such as soaps, cosmetics, and even a solubilizer in mouthwash. Food grade poly 60 is manufactured to a higher purity level than most cosmetic grades.