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Useful chiral synthon, building block for depsipeptides.L-Lactic acid is an intermediate in the fermentation of sugar. It plays a vital role in several biochemical processes. It is a major ingredient in processed foods such as yogurt, cottage cheeses, koumiss and kombucha. It gives the sour flavor to sourdough breads. It finds application in pharmaceuticals to prepare water-soluble lactates, topical preparations and cosmetics. It acts as a food preservative, flavoring agent, curing agent, descaler, soap-scum remover and an anti-bacterial agent. It is an active component of lactated Ringer's solution and Hartmann's solution. Further, it is used for fluid resuscitation after blood loss due to trauma and surgery.
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Hazard Statements: H315-H318
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P280b-P305+P351+P338-P337+P313
Wear protective gloves and eye protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/attention.