Lactic Acid

CAS#: 50-21-5

Synonyms: 2-hydroxypropanic acid; 2-hydroxypropionic acid; a-hydroxypropionic acid; milk acid.; DL-Lactic Acid

Uses: Cultured dairy products, as acidulant, chemicals ( salts, plasticizers, adhesives, pharmaceuticals), mordant in dyeing wool, general-purpose food additive, manufacture of lactates.

Hazard: Inhalation of mist causes coughing and irritation of mucous membranes.  Ingestion, even of diluted preparations, has a corrosive effect on the esophagus and stomach.  Contact with more concentrated solutions can cause severe burns of skin or eye.