Ascorbic Acid

CAS #: 50-81-7

Synonyms: 1- ascorbic acid; vitamin C; L-Ascorbic Acid;

Uses: Nutrition, color fixing, flavoring and preservative in meats and other foods, oxidant in bread doughs, abscission of citrus fruit in harvesting, reducing agent in analytical chemistry. The iron, calcium, and sodium salts are avaiable for biochemical research

Hazard:  Symptoms of exposure to this compound may include irritation of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Ingestion of large amounts may cause gastrointestinal distress and diarrhea. Exposure may also cause the formation of renal calcium oxalate calculi. There have been cases of allergic reaction with eczema, urticaria and asthma. The mucolytic effect of this compound might render the cervical mucus less permeable to spermatozoa.  This compound may cause irritation of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. When heated to decomposition it emits acrid smoke and irritating fumes.  L-ASCORBIC ACID is a lactone. Reacts as a relatively strong reducing agent and decolorizes many dyes. Forms stable metal salts. Incompatible with oxidizers, dyes, alkalis, iron and copper. Also incompatible with ferric salts and salts of heavy metals, particularly copper, zinc and manganese.