Ammonium phosphates:IN 342

Origin: Ammonium phosphate is the salt of ammonium and phosphate. It is a highly unstable compound with the formula (NH4)3PO4.

Function & characteristics: Because of its instability, it is an elusive and of no commercial value (except for scientific research). In addition to (NH4)3PO4, a related double salt (NH4)3PO4.(NH4)2HPO4 is also recognized

Products: The instability of these salts results of their facile decomposition with evolution of ammonia: (NH4)3PO4 → H(NH4)2PO4 + NH3 In contrast to the fragile nature of the triammonium salts, diammonium phosphate (H(NH4)2PO4) is a valuable material, mainly used as a fertilizer.

Daily intake:NO

Side effects:Yes

Dietary restrictions: Yes

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