Kilo Ltd - What is Acetic Acid

CAS Number: 64-19-7

E-Number: E260

Pack Sizes

25kg, 1000kg

5 and 25 Kilo Poly Drum Options 1000 kilo IBC Drum Option

Acetic Acid is a colourless, organic compound with the chemical formula of CH3OOH. In its undiluted state, it is commonly known as “glacial acetic acid” but is generally diluted to different concentration (80% is the most common). It is also known by names such as Ethanoic Acid, Hydrogen Acetate and Methane Carboxylic Acid. You can see acetic acid commonly in supermarkets – at 4 – 5% concentrations it is sold as vinegar.

In food preparation, acetic acid is used as both a flavouring agent and food preservative. It inhibits bacterial growth which keeps food safe from contamination. As mentioned, it can also be used as a flavouring, imparting a distinctive sour note to foods. Because of this, acetic acid, in addition to its use as vinegar, can also be found in a wide range of sauces, marinades, dressings and even as a component in the pickling process.

Within the medical field, it can be used as a tool for inhibiting bacterial growth. There was a study carried out by Birmingham University [1] that found that even low concentrations of acetic acid actively inhibited the growth of pathogens. This is based on clinical testing however and Kilo does not recommend the self-application of Acetic Acid by non-medically trained professionals.

Finally, in industrial groups acetic acid is used as a product in descaling, rust removal and as a key component in adhesives and paints.

Here at Kilo we stock Acetic Acid in 25kg polys and at an 80% concentration on-site. We also trade regularly in different concentrations and in different pack sizes (200L Drums and IBCs) to suit your needs as effectively as possible.

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This information is provided as a guide and is by no means legally binding. Suggestions on dosage rates, specific applications and anything else related to detailed quality information can be provided by our quality team or requested directly to our manufacturer.

[1] Birmingham University Report