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Crotonaldehyde

CAS ID #: 4170-30-3, 000123-73-9 (trans isomer), 15798-64-8 (cis isomer)

Affected Organ Systems: None

Cancer Effects: None

Chemical Classification: None

Summary: Crotonaldehyde is a clear, colorless to straw colored liquid with a strong, suffocating odor. It is highly flammable and produces toxic vapors at room temperature. Crotonaldehyde is found naturally in emissions of some vegetation and volcanoes; many foods contain crotonaldehyde in small amounts. Crotonaldehyde is mainly used in the manufacture of sorbic acid, which is a yeast and mold inhibitor. Crotonaldehyde has been used as a warning agent in fuels, as alcohol denaturant, as stabilizer for tetraethyl-lead, in the preparation of rubber accelerators, and in leather tanning.

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