Formic acid plus sodium salt. Used in dyeing, printing of fabric,
leather tanning, chrome electroplating process, paper industry
as anti oxidants, enzyme stabiliser in detergents, as a fixing
agent and in the manufacturing of Formic acid, Oxalic acid,
Sodium hydro sulphite and metal formates. Found in vosene shampoo
List of tobacco additives permitted in the UK in March 2000
[extract from the official Department of Health documentation]
A Diuretic, best avoided by those with kidney disorders.
Also to be found in Stinging Nettles. Urtica dioica.
All over the stern and leaves of a stinging nettle are sharp-pointed
single celled stinging hairs. The base of each hair is thin
walled and swollen with cell sap. If your skin brushes against
a stinging nettle, it breaks off the glass-like tip on each
hair, which can then pierce your skin. Wherever the sap which
contains sodium formate, acetyl chorine and histamine enters
your skin, it causes the unpleasant swelling as well as the
Not permitted in France or Australia
of serrano ham and Spanish foods.