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Phosphoric Acid

Phosphoric acid also known as ortho-phosphoric acid or phosphoric (v) acid is an inorganic mineral acid. The molecules can combine with themselves to form a variety of compounds which are also referred to as phosphoric acids but in a more general way.
Food grade phosphoric acid is used to acidify foods and beverages like colas. It provides a tangy or sour taste and being a mass produced chemical is available cheaply and in large quantity.
 
Phosphoric acid is primarily used in the manufacture of fertilizers, detergents and pharmaceutical products. It is also used as a flavouring agent in carbonated beverages, beer, jams, jellies and cheeses. In food, phosphoric acid provides a tart acidic flavour.