Hydrochloric Acid

Hydrochloric Acid Food Chemical Codex Grade

Detrex Chemicals is the only producer of high purity, FCC grade
hydrochloric acid intentionally manufactured by direct chemical
synthesis in the United States.

Samples are pulled directly from the final packaging.

We offer Food Chemical Codex grade hydrochloric acid in the following containers:

  • Private Label Packaging, Custom Concentrations Packaging
  • Bulk tank truck
  • 275 gallon totes
  • 55 gallon drums
  • 5 gallon pails
  • 1 gallon bottle (minimum quantities apply)

Current Product Specification Sheets

23˚ FCC Grade
22˚ FCC Grade
20˚ FCC Grade
6N (20%) FCC Grade

FCC 5ppb 23˚
FCC 5ppb 22˚
FCC 5ppb 20˚

FCC 10ppb 23˚
FCC 10ppb 22˚
FCC 10ppb 20˚

FCC 50ppb 23˚
FCC 50ppb 22˚
FCC 50ppb 20˚

Food Chemical Codex Grade HCL

Food Safety Modernization Act

Currently, Detrex complies with the regulatory requirements applicable to our operation for the manufacture, packing, and storage of food and food ingredients as currently defined by the FDA. As a proactive continuous improvement measure, Detrex has retained the services of an outside consulting group to assist us in preparing our organization to meet the U.S. Food and Drug requirements applicable to our operations contained in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. The program development process we have initiated will result in a “state of the art” food safety program for our Hydrochloric Acid products, as well as meet the proposed Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventative Controls (HARPC) requirements as proposed by FDA in 2013, and as expected to be adopted into regulation in August of 2015.

FDA defines “Food” as …a raw, cooked, or processed edible substance, ice, BEVERAGE, or ingredient used or intended for use or for sale in whole or in part for human consumption, or chewing gum.

The definition for Additives can be found in (21 CFR 170.3(e)(1)), which states …. the intended use of which results or may reasonably be expected to result, directly or indirectly, either in their becoming a component of food or otherwise affecting the characteristics of food. A material used in the production of containers and packages is subject to the definition if it may reasonably be expected to become a component, or to affect the characteristics, directly or indirectly, of food packed in the container. There are some additives, such as color, that are exempted under the law.

While some may see these definitions as blurring the distinction between additives and ingredients, major food companies have begun treating additives that end up as a component of the food as “Food” for the purposes of their food safety evaluations. This also applies to items sold as Food Grade, which will or could become, used to manufacture Food.

Clearly there is a spectrum of chemical products, that range from actual ingredients, to additives, to cleaning agents in food plants, and some products have multiple uses in different applications.

The regulations contained in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires firms that manufacture, package, label, or store “Food” to comply with the provisions of that Law. FSMA is based on an analysis of potential hazards, and the implementation of appropriate risk based controls. In other words the compliance activities are to a large degree determined by the potential risks to food safety associated with the facility and the activities the company performs on the Food product.

Firms that only store and distribute Food products, especially Food chemicals that do not require special handling such as refrigeration, would face the basic requirements under the law. Firms that blend products would face additional requirements, and firms that manufacture the bulk products would be required to implement yet even more compliance elements.