Tripotassium Citrate

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Chemical Formula:

C6H5K3O7 · H2O



General Information

Tripotassium citrate monohydrate is the common tribasic potassium salt of citric acid, also known as potassium citrate. It is produced by complete neutralisation of citric acid with a high purity potassium source and subsequent crystallisation.

Tripotassium citrate is used in foods, beverages, and technical applications as buffering, sequestering or emulsifying agent. It usually replaces trisodium citrate whenever a low sodium content is desired. In pharmaceuticals it is used as potassium source and as active ingredient to treat urinary duct stones. When added to oral care products, tripotassium citrate is the active ingredient to reduce the sensitivity of the teeth.

Tripotassium citrate occurs as transparent crystals or a white, granular powder. It is an odourless substance with a cooling, salty taste. It is slightly deliquescent when exposed to moist air, freely soluble in water and almost insoluble in ethanol (96%). In contrary to other potassium salts, it is less bitter and thus can be used at higher concentration levels.

Tripotassium citrate is a non-toxic, slightly alkaline salt with low reactivity. It is chemically stable if stored at ambient temperatures. In its monohydrate form it is very hygroscopic and must be protected from exposure to humidity. Care must be taken not to expose tripotassium citrate monohydrate to high pressure during transport and storage as this may result in caking.

Being a leading producer of tripotassium citrate, Jungbunzlauer is able to provide a very promising natural alternative flame retardant for solid wood. The food-approved substance is safe and easy in handling. Furthermore, tripotassium Citrate is one of the few fully biodegradable and non-toxic flame retardants.


Tripotassium citrate is supplied in accordance with the requirements of the Food Chemical Codex (FCC), the US Pharmacopeia (USP), the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph.Eur.) and the Commission Regulation (EU) No. 231/2012 always in their latest versions.

The following granulation types are available:

  • Coarse
  • Medium
  • Fine

Tripotassium citrate is supplied in 25 kg net polyethylene lined paper bags.

  • Monohydrate
  • White granular powder
  • Cooling, salty taste profile, less bitter compared to other potassium salts
  • Odourless
  • Very soluble in water
  • Potassium content of 36%
  • Slightly alkaline salt with low reactivity
  • Hygroscopic
  • Chemically and microbiologically stable
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Allergen and GMO free

Main functions

  • Potassium fortification
  • pH adjuster
  • Buffering agent
  • Complexing/stabilising agent
  • Emulsifying salt
  • Chelating agent
  • Flavour enhancer
  • Synergist with antioxidants
  • Sequestering agent
  • Sodium replacement, sodium-free pH regulation
  • Systemic alkalizer in pharmaceuticals
  • Treatment of kidney stones and bladder infection
  • Reduce sensitivity to pain of teeth
  • Stabilises milk and soy products during heat treatment
  • Reduces sensitivity of teeth in oral care products
  • Fire protection    
  • Controls the burning rate of cigarette paper

Industrial Applications

  • Agrochemicals, Fertilisers
  • Construction
  • Metal Surface Treatment
  • Paper
  • Fire protection


  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks
  • Instant Drinks, Syrups
  • Juice Drinks
  • Plant-based
  • RTD Tea and Coffee
  • Sports and Energy Drinks
  • Waters
  • Fire protection


  • Baby Food, Infant Formula
  • Bakery
  • Cereals, Snacks
  • Confectionery
  • Dairy
  • Dairy Alternatives
  • Desserts, Ice Cream
  • Flavours
  • Fruit Preparations, Sweet Spreads
  • Fruits, Vegetables
  • Meat Alternatives
  • Meat, Seafood
  • Plant-based Products
  • Ready Meals, Instant Food
  • Sauces, Dressings, Seasonings
  • Table Top Products
  • Fire protection



Personal Care

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

Cleaners & Detergents

Legal aspects