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Print Posted By Safe Cosmetics Australia on 02/09/2017 in Skin Care

Acetric Acid, safe and non-toxic

Acetric Acid, safe and non-toxic

Acetic Acid (vinegar) also known as ethanoic acid and sometimes called glacial acetic acid.

What is it? A colourless liquid, classified as a weak acid it consists mainly of water and roughly 3-9% acetic acid by volume. It has a pungent smell and a distinct sour taste.

How is it used? In cosmetics vinegar (acetic acid) is used to control the pH of personal care products and it is also used as a fragrance component, buffering and masking agent. In households, diluted acetic acid is often used in descaling agents. In the food industry, acetic acid is controlled by the food additive code E260 as an acidity regulator and as a condiment. Acetic acid has become increasingly popular in plant science for weed control.

Why did Safe Cosmetics Australia [SCA] accept this chemical as toxic-free? This ingredient has been approved by SCA based on the source of the chemical occurring naturally in body fluids and in plant juices. In biochemistry the acetyl group, derived from acetic acid, is fundamental to all forms of life. When bound to coenzyme A, it is central to the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Produced both synthetically and from bacterial fermentation, this chemical is widely considered safe and non-toxic. As a food additive, it is approved for usage in many countries including Canada, the European Union, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

What is the Australian Government doing? No data or concerns are available – not listed as a priority chemical.

What can Australian’s do? Learn more about this chemical by researching the following links to Government sites & data. Then post your feedback by leaving a reply below.

Sources – Research Organisations, Doctors, Scientists and Environmental Advocates:

Published by www.safecosmeticsaustralia.com.au

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