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Sodium tripolyphosphate is used in water softening, heavy-duty fabric washing, automatic dish washing, drilling fluid cleaning and liquid cattle feed supplements. It is also used as a peptizing, emulsifying, dispersing agent and as a hydrogen peroxide solution stabilizer. It acts as a preservative for seafood, meats, poultry, and animal feeds. It finds application as a polyanion crosslinker in polysaccharide based drug delivery. Further, it is used as a sealant for leaking farm ponds and a calcium and magnesium chelating agent. In addition to this, it is used in ceramics, leather tanning, flame retardants, paper pulping, paper coatings, textile processing, ore flotation, anticorrosion pigments and rubber production.
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Speroni, F.; Szerman, N.; Vaudagna, S. R. High hydrostatic pressure processing of beef patties: Effects of pressure level and sodium tripolyphosphate and sodium chloride concentrations on thermal and aggregative properties of proteins. Innovative Food Sci. Emerg. Technol. 2014, 23, 10-17.
May be harmful if swallowed. May be harmful in contact with skin. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
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