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Testing Status of Lactic acid M970031


CASRN: 50-21-5

Formula: C3-H6-O3

Synonyms/Common Names

  • 2-Hydroxypropanoic acid (9CI)

Known Uses

Used as a moisturizer, pH adjuster and defoliant in cosmetics. Found in processed food and in over-the-counter drug products. Used as a reagent and in organic synthesis. Used in the leather, textile and tanning industries. Used as a plasticizer and catalyst in the casting of phenolaldehyde resins. (FDA information package, 1996). Associated with tobacco: reported either as a natural component of tobacco, pyrolysis product (in tobacco smoke), or additive for one or more types of tobacco products.

Chemical Properties

Toxicity Effects (HSDB)

Genetic Toxicology

  • Salmonella  (A10575)  Completed 
    •  Negative