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Acids as Flavoring Chemicals

Volatile acids are used for flavoring purposes and must be considered when naming products.  This is particularly important for “natural” compounded flavors, where the source, natural or artificial, of the acid must be noted.  If you do not state explicitly that a volatile acid ingredient is natural, the TTB will assume that it is artificial.  Fixed acids lack either taste or aroma and therefore are not considered flavors.  The following tables list common volatile and fixed acids (acidulants).

Click here to view Volatile Acids.

Click here to view Fixed Acids.

Page last reviewed/updated: 09/04/2012