Agent Name

Potassium acetate

CAS Number

127-08-2

Formula

C2-H3-O2.K

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Acetic acid, potassium salt; Diuretic salt; Octan draselny [Czech]; Potassium acetate in plastic container; Potassium ethanoate; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids, Metal Salts

Description

Lustrous colorless or white solid; Rapidly deliquescent; [Merck Index] White crystalline solid; [Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a potassium supplement; [Merck Index] Used in the chemical industry (synthesis), textile processing industry, anti-freeze agents, foods (permitted additive in the UK), and pharmaceuticals; Also used as a pH regulator and industrial de-icer; [IUCLID] Used in foods as a buffer and antimicrobial preservative; [JECFA] Used as a dehydrating agent and in crystal glass; [Hawley]

Comments

A mild skin and eye irritant; [ICSC] Not irritating to eyes of rabbits; [IUCLID] Allowable daily intake (ADI) of not limited [JECFA] May cause irritation; [Aldrich MSDS]

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