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    Tetrasodium Etidronate (EDTA)

    Tetrasodium Etidronate

    Tetrasodium Etidronate (EDTA)

    What is it?

    In manufacturing, EDTA is used in calcium and sodium compounds to improve stability in pharmaceutical products, detergents, liquid soaps, shampoos, agricultural chemical sprays, oil emulsion devices, contact lens cleaners and cosmetics. It is also used in certain blood collection tubes used by medical laboratories.


    Key Information

    • In foods, EDTA bound to iron is used to “fortify” grain-based products such as breakfast cereals and cereal bars.

    More Information

    EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid) and its salts are substituted diamines. These ingredients function as chelating agents in cosmetic formulations.


    This ingredient is commonly used in: