Citrics

Citric acid anhydrous

 

Natural occurrence

Citric acid anhydrous is a natural, odourless and colourless crystalline substance with a pleasantly refreshing acidulous taste. Citric acid occurs widely in nature and is found in a variety of plants and fruits (especially citrus fruits and berries), leaves, roots and in milk. It is also synthesized naturally in the metabolism of humans and animals.

Production

Citrique Belge produces five forms of crystalline citric acid anhydrous which differ in crystal size distribution. Citric acid can also be supplied as a solution in demineralized water, typically at a concentration of 50%. Citric acid anhydrous is packaged in 25 kg bags, big-bags or transported in bulk. Citric acid solutions are transported in bulk.

Quality

Citric acid anhydrous and citric acid solutions are produced in line with the highest standards in the food and pharmaceutical industry. They invariably meet the requirements of the various specifications and tests under EP, USP, JP and FCC. The E-number of citric acid (anhydrous as well as monohydrate) is E330.Applications

Citric acid anhydrous is used to give lemonade, jams, sweets and confectioneries their characteristic acidulous flavour. It also plays an important role in the stabilization of oils and nutritional fats, and in vegetable, fruit, fish and meat preserves. It is used in the formulation of all effervescent tablets currently in pharmaceutical use, and in certain detergents.

 

Citric acid monohydrate

 

Natural occurrence

Citric acid monohydrate is a natural, odourless and colourless crystalline substance with a pleasantly refreshing acidulous taste. Citric acid occurs widely in nature and is found in a variety of plants and fruits (especially citrus fruits and berries), leaves, roots and in milk. It is also synthesized naturally in the metabolism of humans and animals.

Production

Citrique Belge produces two forms of crystalline citric acid monohydrate which differ in crystal size distribution. Citric acid can also be supplied as a solution in demineralized water, typically at a concentration of 50%. Citric acid monohydrate is packaged in 25 kg bags or big-bags. Citric acid solutions are transported in bulk.

Quality

Citric acid monohydrate and citric acid solutions are produced in line with the highest standards in the food and pharmaceutical industry. They invariably meet the requirements of the various specifications and tests under EP, USP, JP and FCC.Applications

Citric acid is used to give lemonade, jams, sweets and confectioneries their characteristic acidulous flavour. It also plays an important role in the stabilization of oils and nutritional fats, and in vegetable, fruit, fish and meat preserves. It is used in the formulation of all effervescent tablets currently in pharmaceutical use, and in certain detergents.