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The uses of Citric Acid in the industry

By Tobby Heldson Subscribe to RSS | December 7th 2011 | Views:
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Citric Acid is used in the industry mainly as an acidifier, flavouring and chelating agent. Appearing as a white crystalline powder, citric acid can come in an anhydrous state or as a monohydrate.

Discovered in the 8th century; its world wide production exceeded 1600000 tonnes in 2007; 50% of which was used for beverage production and the remaining for the food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industries.

Although it does occur in nature, it is only available in trace amounts in citrus containing fruits and vegetables such as lemon and limes. In the industry it has been used widely as a flavouring agent in a long list of preparations. In its anhydrous state it is typically produced in powdered form which appears to be white in colour with no odour but has a strong acidic taste. The applications of Citric Acid vary from industry to industry.

In industrial applications, Citric Acid is used in a variety of preparations. The largest industrial application of Citric Acid is for making detergents. In liquid detergents, sodium citrate is used as a builder, to increase the effectiveness of the surfactants, due to its high solubility and bio-degradability. While in the form of powdered detergents, sodium citrate is used as a co-builder and processing aid. Sodium citrate also contributes alkalinity to enhance surfactant performance. The environmentally friendly nature of sodium citrate is a major factor in the use of citrates in the detergent industry.

Citric acid being an organic acid has better prospects as an industrial chemical as it is environmentally friendly chemical. This environmental friendliness has led to its use in a variety of applications; in plating operations for example, where it is used as a chelating agent to control the deposition rate of metals in both electroplating and electrolysis plating. The pharmaceutical industry uses Citric acid mainly as a flavoring and stabilizing agent in multiple pharmaceutical preparations. The largest use of citric acid in the pharmaceutical industry though is for the effervescent effect it produces when combined with bicarbonates or carbonates in antacids and dentifrices.

Global Trust Enterprises is a trusted supplier in the Middle East when it comes providing quality Citric acid. They are general trading company in the Middle East known for their wide array of products which cater to the oil and gas and petrochemical companies in the Middle East and the North Africa region. To know more about Global Trust Enterprises, kindly visit them online at www.globaltrustenterprises.com

Tobby Heldson - About Author:
Shang is the marketing manager for Global Trust Enterprises FZCO an ISO9001 general trading company. We are leading supplier of a wide range of products catering primarily to the

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