.1-4-Sorbitan is a chemical compound used as an emulsifying agent in the food industry. It is a sorbitol derivative, with the molecular formula C24H44O10, and is used in food products to help keep oil and water from separating, and to improve texture, flavor, and shelf life. It is an essential ingredient in many products such as margarine, whipped cream, ice cream, and peanut butter. It is also used as a stabilizer in a variety of products such as beer, yogurt, and processed meat. Sorbitan is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.