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Safety data for lactic acid solution

Safety data for lactic acid solution, which can be used by beekeepers in the treatment of varroa infestation in honey bees.


Synonyms... 2-hydroxypropanoic acid, ethylideneactic acid, 1-hydroxyethanecarboxylic acid

Formula... CH3CHOHCOOH

CAS No... 50-21-5          EC No: 200-018-0

Physical data

Appearance... colourless to yellow crystalline solid or colourless to yellow liquid after melting or if dissolved in water

Melting point... 18°C

Boiling point... 122°C

Specific gravity... 1.05


Stable. Combustible. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.


Eye or skin contact may cause severe irritation or burns.

Oral-Rat LD50 3,730 mg per kg           Sub cutaneous-Mouse LD50 4,500 mg per kg

Risk Phrases...
Causes burns.


UN Major hazard class... 8.0... Corrosive substances
Packing group: II... Medium danger


Keep container tightly closed.

Store at normal room temperature.


Do not breathe solution mist.

Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing.

Wash hands thoroughly after handling.


Material should be handled or transferred under an approved fume hood or with adequate ventilation.

Personal protection

Safety glasses.

In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with copious amounts of water, seek medical advice.

Remove all contaminated clothing immediately.

Wear suitable protective clothing.

Wear suitable gloves.

Wear eye and face protection.

This information has been compiled from various sources and was up to date when written. No responsibility for it's accuracy can be taken nor can it be guaranteed as up to date.

Dave Cushman.

Page created 09/02/2003

Page updated 12/12/2022

  09 February 2003, Upgraded... 20 August 2006,
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