Citric acid

Molecular formula:
Chemical compound:
citric acid
Common name:
citric acid

C6H8O7 – сitric acid – is a weak organic acid that occurs naturally in citrus fruits. It can act as a preservative, and is also used to add a sour (acidic) taste to foods and soft drinks. It also serves as an environmentally-friendly cleaning agent. Aside from citrus fruits, citric acid can be found in many vegetables, berries, and fruits, such as currants, gooseberries, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, cranberries, and more. It is an important intermediate in several biochemical processes, and therefore is present in virtually all living things.

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Hazard information

Hazard statements

  • Causes serious eye irritation.

Precautionary statements

  • IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses if present and easy to do – continue rinsing.