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Citric acid is a weak organic acid with the formula C6H8O7. It is Colorless or white crystalline powder and mainly used as an acidulant, flavorant and preservative preservative in foods and beverages. It is also used as an antioxidant, plasticizer and detergent, builder.
It is a natural preservative which is present in citrus fruits. It is also used to add an acidic or sour taste to foods and drinks. In biochemistry, the conjugate base of citric acid, citrate, is important as an intermediate in the citric acid cycle, which occurs in the metabolism of all aerobic organisms, and therefore occurs in the metabolism of virtually all living things. It consists of 3 carboxyl (R-COOH) groups.
Citric acid is a commodity chemical, and more than a million tons are produced every year by fermentation. It is used mainly as an acidifier, as a flavoring, and as a chelating agent.
The dominant use of citric acid is as a flavoring and preservative in food and beverages, especially soft drinks. Within the European Union it is denoted by E number E330. Citrate salts of various metals are used to deliver those minerals in a biologically available form in many dietary supplements. The buffering properties of citrates are used to control pH in household cleaners and pharmaceuticals. In the United States the purity requirements for citric acid as a food additive are defined by the Food Chemicals Codex, which is published by the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). Mainly used in the food , beverage trade as the sour flavour agent, flavoring agent, antiseptic as well as antistaling agent.
1.In the food industry, Citric acid Monohydrate uses as the drinks sour flavour agent. Mainly used in various kinds of cold drinks and for such foods production as soda, candy, biscuit, can, jam, fruit juice ,etc., also can be used as greases antioxidant;
2.In medical industry, Citric acid Monohydrate is the raw materials of a lot of pharmaceuticals, such as the citric acid piperazine(lumbricide ), ferric ammonium citrate (blood tonic ), Sodium Citrate (blood transfusion pharmaceutical). In addition, citric acid also is used as the acidifier in many pharmaceuticals;
3.In the chemical industry, the ester of citric acid can use as the Acidity regulators to make the plastic film of food packing ;
4. In other respects, such as used in industry and civil detergent as the auxiliary agent for making nuisance free detergent; Used in the concrete as the retarder; also been widely used in electroplating, leather industry, printing ink, blue print industry,etc.