Tartaric acid, which is sometimes present in large quantities as an adulterant in commercial citric acid, may be detected in the presence of the latter, by the production of a precipitate of acid potassium tartrate when potassium acetate is added to a cold solution.
On this adulterant Sir Thomas Wardle remarks " With a solution of sugar, silk can have its weight augmented from I oz.
Now, intentional adulteration is practically non-existent, chiefly because of the fact that in the places of production the price obtainable is so low that any possible adulterant would be too costly to collect.
The last enters into the composition of some of the solid lubricating greases, and is also used as an adulterant of other oils.
The leaves of a closely allied plant, Empleurum serratulum, are employed as a substitute or adulterant for buchu.