Record Information
Creation date2018-05-02 12:27:36 UTC
Update date2018-05-04 14:23:22 UTC
FoodComEx IDPC001190
FoodDB RecordFDB020545
Chemical Information
NameEthyl lactate
DescriptionPresent in cabbage, peas, vinegar, bread, roasted chicken, butter, blackberry, pineapple, raspberry and various wines and spirits. Flavouring agent Ethyl lactate, also known as lactic acid ethyl ester, is a monobasic ester formed from lactic acid and ethanol, commonly used as a solvent. This compound is considered biodegradable and can be used as a water-rinsable degreaser. Ethyl lactate is found naturally in small quantities in a wide variety of foods including wine, chicken, and various fruits. The odor of ethyl lactate when dilute is mild, buttery, creamy, with hints of fruit and coconut. Ethyl lactate is found in many foods, some of which are milk and milk products, pineapple, pulses, and tea.
CAS Number97-64-3
(+-)-Ethyl 2-hydroxypropanoatemanual
(+-)-Ethyl 2-hydroxypropionatemanual
2-Hydroxypropanoic acid ethyl esterbiospider
Ethyl α-hydroxypropionatebiospider
Ethyl alpha-hydroxypropionatebiospider
Ethyl ester of lactic acidbiospider
Ethyl lactatedb_source
FEMA 2440db_source
Lactic acid, ethyl esterbiospider
Chemical FormulaC5H10O3
IUPAC nameethyl 2-hydroxypropanoate
InChI IdentifierInChI=1S/C5H10O3/c1-3-8-5(7)4(2)6/h4,6H,3H2,1-2H3
Average Molecular Weight118.1311
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight118.062994186
Chemical Taxonomy
Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as carboxylic acid esters. These are carboxylic acid derivatives in which the carbon atom from the carbonyl group is attached to an alkyl or an aryl moiety through an oxygen atom (forming an ester group).
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic acids and derivatives
ClassCarboxylic acids and derivatives
Sub ClassCarboxylic acid derivatives
Direct ParentCarboxylic acid esters
Alternative Parents
  • Secondary alcohol
  • Carboxylic acid ester
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organic oxide
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Alcohol
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Physico-Chemical Properties - Experimental
Experimental logPNot Available
Experimental Water Solubility1000 mg/mL at 20 oCYALKOWSKY,SH & DANNENFELSER,RM (1992)
Melting PointNot Available
Foods of Origin
FoodContent Range AverageReference
Production Data
Production Methodcommercial
Production Method ReferenceNot Available
Production Method Reference FileNot Available
Quantity Available1 to 2 mg
Delivery Time2 weeks
Storage Formpowder
Storage Conditions4°C
StabilityNot Available
Spectral Data Upon RequestNot Available
Provider Information
Contact NameContact InstitutionContact Email
Augustin ScalbertInternational Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Biomarkers Group, 150 cours Albert Thomas, Lyon, FR,
Commercial Vendors
Toronto Research Chemicals E921945