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What is Formic Acid Used For? Health Benefits and Side Effects of Formic Acid in Food

Formic Acid is used in electroplating, leather, circuit board manufacturing and reprographic industries. It is used as a preservative and an antibacterial agent. It is also used to convert latex to rubber, to add flavor to food items, to destroy tracheal mite, in laboratories as a solvent modifier and as a source of carbon monoxide. Formic acid is dangerously irritating to the skin, eyes, mucous membranes and can damage the kidneys as well. It may also lead to cardiovascular collapse, liver damage, digestive tract perforation and peritonitis. As an anti-bacterial agent, it has various health benefits. It fights the bacterial infections in the digestive tract, respiratory tract and other systems of the body.

by Margaret Walker on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 17:04

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