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Please help! Will tin react or leach when exposed to a mild acid or mild alkaline?

Question asked by Benjamin Bernhardt on Dec 26, 2018
Latest reply on Dec 27, 2018 by Benjamin Bernhardt

Hi there!

 

I'm working with a team that is selecting the packaging for a few food products. We're considering using metal lids that are made of tin.

 

From what I've read, it sounds like tin is fairly non-reactive. However, everything I found so far was rather vague.

 

Here's an excerpt from one of the articles I read:

"Tin is attacked only slowly by dilute acids such as hydrochloric acid (HCl) and sulfuric acid (H 2 SO 4 ). Dilute acids are mixtures that contain small amounts of acid dissolved in large amounts of water. This property also makes tin a good protective covering. It does not react with acids as rapidly as do many other kinds of metals, such as iron, and can be used, therefore, as a covering for those metals. Tin dissolves easily in concentrated acids, however, and in hot alkaline solutions, such as hot, concentrated potassium hydroxide (KOH)."

Source: http://www.chemistryexplained.com/elements/T-Z/Tin.html#ixzz5apKnU1rp

 

QUESTION: Can you tell me if tin would react or leach in any way if exposed to slightly acidic food products (with an approximate pH of about 3.5) or slightly alkaline food products (with an approximate pH of about 8)?

 

Thank you so much for your help on this!

 

Ben

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