Agent Name

Potassium benzoate

CAS Number

582-25-2

Formula

C7-H6-O2.K

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Benzoic acid, potassium salt; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids, Metal Salts

Description

White solid; [Reference #1] White powder; [Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a preservative for pharmaceuticals; [ChemIDplus] Used as a preservative in non-alcoholic beverages; [Reference #1]

Comments

Quickly metabolized and excreted in urine; Dissociates in physiological conditions forming benzoic acid; Expected to be non-irritating to skin and mildly irritating to eyes, based on a closely related compound (sodium benzoate); Sodium benzoate is not sensitizing in animal studies, but has rarely produced non-immunological contact urticaria in human patch test studies; The benzoates group give no evidence for carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, or developmental toxicity; [Reference #1] May cause irritation; [Aldrich MSDS]

Reference Link

OECD SIDS: Benzoates - 2001

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