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Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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readily biodegradable (Sorbic acid)

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Biodegradation in water:
readily biodegradable

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Sorbic acid is readily biodegradable under the test requirements of OECD, reaching the pass-level of 60% within ten days. The BOD5/COD ratio of potassium sorbate was about 22% also indicating a tendency for ready biodegradability. Based on the present data, a ready biodegradability also of potassium sorbate is assumed.