Potassium lactate

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Potassium lactate
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IUPAC name
Potassium 2-hydroxypropanoate
3D model (Jmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.012.392
E number E326 (antioxidants, ...)
Molar mass 128.168
B05XA15 (WHO)
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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 medium in the First Alert Tundra fire extinguishers. [3]