Chemistry Question #2295

Ernesto C Ignacio, a 62 year old female from Malabon City, Philippines asks on October 8, 2004,

I understand that in some countries it is prohibited to use industrial acetic acid to make table vinegar. What is the scientific reason, if there is any?

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The answer

Reg Mitchell answered on October 12, 2004

There is no scientific reason why industrial acetic acid cannot be used to make vinegar.

[Editor: possibly it has to do with food labeling. i.e. to be called "vinegar" it has to come from fermented foodstuffs. Otherwise it would have to be labelled something like 5% Acetic Acid. Just a guess.]

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