Agent Name

Calcium citrate tetrahydrate

CAS Number

5785-44-4

Formula

C12-H10-O14.3Ca.4H2-O

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Calcium citrate (3:2), tetrahydrate; Tricalcium dicitrate tetrahydrate; 1,2,3-Propanetricarboxylic acid, 2-hydroxy-, calcium salt (2:3), tetrahydrate; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids, Metal Salts

Description

Odorless solid; [Merck Index] Beige powder; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Found in plants, especially citrus fruits; Used as a flavoring agent, antioxidant in foods, and sequestrating agent; [ChemIDplus] Used as a calcium fortifier in foods, anticaking agent in dry mixes, and calcium supplement; [Merck Index]

Comments

May cause irritation; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] See "Calcium citrate."

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