Potassium lactate

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Potassium lactate
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Identifiers
CAS number 996-31-6 YesY
PubChem 61248
ChemSpider 55189 YesY
ChEMBL CHEMBL1200664 YesY
ATC code B05XA15
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Properties
Molecular formula C3H5KO3
Molar mass 128.168
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Potassium lactate is a compound with formula KC3H5O3, or H3C-CHOH-COOK. It is the potassium salt of lactic acid. It is produced by neutralizing lactic acid which is fermented from a sugar source. It has E number "E326". Potassium lactate is a liquid product that is usually 60% solids but is available at up to 78% solids.[1]

Potassium lactate is commonly used in meat and poultry products to extend shelf life and increase food safety as it has a broad antimicrobial action and is effective at inhibiting most spoilage and pathogenic bacteria. [2]

Potassium lactate is also used as an extinguishing media in the First Alert Tundra fire extinguishers. [3]

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