Citric Acid Anhydrous

CAS Registry Number:

[77-92-9] - Anhydrous

Chemical Formula:




General Information

Citric acid is a natural occurring fruit acid, produced commercially by microbial fermentation of a carbohydrate substrate. Citric acid is the most widely used organic acid and pH-control agent in foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals and technical applications.

Citric acid anhydrous occurs as colourless crystals or as white, crystalline powder with a strongly acidic taste. It is very soluble in water, freely soluble in ethanol (96 %) and sparingly soluble in ether.

Citric acid anhydrous is non-toxic and has a low reactivity. It is chemically stable if stored at ambient temperatures. Citric acid anhydrous is fully biodegradable and can be disposed of with regular waste or sewage.


Jungbunzlauer citric acid anhydrous is supplied in accordance with the current requirements of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur), the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), and the Commission Regulation (EU) No. 231/2012.

Citric acid anhydrous is available in various granulations.

  • Anhydrous
  • Colourless or white
  • Crystals or crystalline powder
  • Strongly acidic (pH in a 5 % solution approx. 1.8)
  • Typical, practically odourless
  • Very soluble in water
  • Freely soluble in ethanol (96 %)
  • Sparingly soluble in ether
  • Non-toxic
  • Low reactive
  • Chemically and microbiologically stable
  • Fully biodegradable

Main functions

  • pH adjuster
  • Acidifier
  • Chelating agent
  • Buffering agent
  • Flavour enhancer
  • Retarder
  • Stabiliser
  • Antioxidant


  • Baby Food, Infant Formula
  • Bakery
  • Cereals, Snacks
  • Confectionery
  • Dairy
  • Desserts, Ice Cream
  • Flavours
  • Fruit Preparations, Sweet Spreads
  • Fruits, Vegetables
  • Meat, Seafood
  • Ready Meals, Instant Food
  • Sauces, Dressings, Seasonings


  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks
  • Instant Drinks, Syrups
  • Juice Drinks
  • RTD Tea and Coffee
  • Sports and Energy Drinks
  • Waters

Personal Care

  • Colour Cosmetics
  • Deodorants
  • Fragrances
  • Hair Care
  • Oral Care
  • Skin Care
  • Soap and Bath Products

Cleaners & Detergents

  • Dish Washing
  • Industrial Cleaners
  • Laundry Care
  • Surface Care

Industrial Applications

  • Adhesives, Sealants
  • Agrochemicals, Fertilisers
  • Construction
  • Fine Chemicals
  • Inks, Paints, Coatings
  • Metal Surface Treatment
  • Oil Drilling
  • Ore Mining and Refining
  • Paper
  • Plastics, Polymers
  • Textile, Leather


  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Medical Devices
  • OTC, Food Supplements
  • Pharmaceutical Products

Feed & Pet Food

  • Feed
  • Pet Food
Legal aspects

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European Citric Acid Manufacturers Association (ECAMA)