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Acetic Acid

Product information, characteristics and applications

Acetic acid is an organic compound, It is a colourless liquid that when undiluted is also called glacial acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main component of vinegar alongside of course water. Acetic acid has a distinctive sour taste and pungent smell. Besides its production as household vinegar, one of its largest uses is the production of Vinyl Acetate monomer. An essential chemical building block used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products.

Acetic acid is the second simplest carboxylic acid (after formic acid) and is an important chemical reagent and industrial chemical, also used in the production of cellulose acetate for polyvinyl acetate for wood glue, as well as synthetic fibres and fabrics. In households, diluted acetic acid is often used in descaling agents. In the food industry, acetic acid is used under the food additive code E260 as an acidity regulator and as a condiment.

Industries that Acetic Acid are used in include

  • Agriculture & Feed
  • Cosmetic & Personal Care
  • Engineering, Metal & Surface Treatment
  • Food
  • Industrial
  • Leather & Textile

Other names

  • Vinegar (when diluted)
  • Methane carboxylic acid
  • Ethanoic acid

Acetic acid product quality and technical details

  • CAS Registry Number: 64-19-7
  • Chemical Formula: CH3COOH
  • EC Number: 200-508-7

Acetic acid hazard transport information

  • UN: 2790
  • Shipping name: Acetic Acid Solution
  • Class: 8
  • Packing Group: II

Acetic acid product packaging

  • Poly
  • Plastic Drum
  • IBC

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