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Formic Acid

Alternate Names

Methanoic acid, Formylic acid, Formate, Hydroxymethanone, Hydrogen carboxylic acid, Hydroxy(oxo)methane, Metacarbonoic acid

Description

Occurs naturally in apples, other fruit, honey, nettles and ants. It is used as a decalcifier in some bathroom cleaners and for dehairing animal hides.

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Names

Methanoic acid, Formylic acid, Formate, Hydroxymethanone, Hydrogen carboxylic acid, Hydroxy(oxo)methane, Metacarbonoic acid

Allergy Information

Uses

Acid, Preservative

E-Number

236

Additional Information

Used on some farms as a hay/alfalfa preservative for animal consumption.



Found In

Beverages, sweets, bakery products, ice cream, processed foods.

Possible Health Effects

Animal studies have shown the incidence of cancer and respiratory problems have been noted. Gastrointestinal, kidney and liver neurotoxicity.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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Copyright November 1, 2012 Be Food Smart, Updated 3/12/13




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