Fumaric acid is the strongest tasting food acidulant. It has limited applications due to its very low solubility. In the main, it is used in gelatin dessert powders, cheesecake mixes and some powdered drinks.
A substantial amount of fumaric acid is used in animal feedstuffs mainly because of its strong flavour and favourable price.It is manufactured synthetically from malic acid.
Formic acid (methanoic acid) is the simplest carboxylic acid. Its chemical formula is HCOOH or HCO2H
. It is an important intermediate in chemical synthesis and occurs naturally, most notably in ant venom.
A major use of formic acid is as a preservative and antibacterial agent in livestock feed.
Formic acid is also used in the production of leather, including tanning, and in dyeing and finishing of textile because of its acidic nature.
Formic acid is also used in place of mineral acids for various cleaning products, such as limescale remover and toilet bowl cleaner. Some formate esters are artificial flavorings or perfumes.Medical Use
Formic acid has been shown to be an effective treatment against warts.
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