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Potassium iodate is an oxidizing agent used to prepare 2-styrylchromones from o-hydroxy-ω-cinnamylideneacetophenones by oxidative cyclization. It is used to iodinate table salt in order to prevent iodine deficiency. It is an active ingredient in baby formula milk. As a maturing agent, it is used in baking. Furthermore, it is involved in the protection of radioactive iodine accumulation in the thyroid.
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Hazard Statements: H272-H315-H319-H335
May intensify fire; oxidizer. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P221-P210v-P220-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Take any precaution to avoid mixing with combustibles. Keep/Store away from clothing/combustible materials. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.