Agent Name

Calcium acetate

CAS Number

62-54-4

Formula

C2-H4-O2.1/2Ca

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Acetate of lime; Acetic acid, calcium salt; Brown Acetate of Lime; Brown acetate; Calcium diacetate; Gray Acetate of Lime; Gray acetate; Lime acetate; Lime pyrolignite; PhosLo; Phoslo gelcaps; Sorbo-calcion; Teltozan; Vinegar salts; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids, Metal Salts

Description

Very hygroscopic solid; Soluble in water; [Merck Index] White to brown solid; [ICSC] Colorless to white crystals with a mild acetic odor; Soluble in water; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used in dyeing, tanning, and curing skins; Also used in lubricants, food stabilizers, corrosion inhibitors, antifoam additives in antifreezes, and antiseptics ; Also used as a firming agent for potatoes, an esterification catalyst, and a drug to restrict phosphate absorption in patients with chronic renal failure and oxalate absorption in patients with inflammatory bowel disease; [HSDB]

Comments

Classified as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) in food; [HSDB] Poisonous by intravenous route; IV LD50 (mouse) = 52 mg/kg; [Sax] A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; [ICSC] An irritant; [MSDSonline] See "Calcium."

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