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Industrially, 3-hydroxybutanoic acid is used for the manufacture of biodegradable plastics. It is also acts as a solvent in organoleptics, cosmetics. It is also used in enantioselective synthesis of D-(-)-3-hydroxybutyric acid by Escherichia coli.
C. Guillard. Photocatalytic degradation of butanoic acid: Influence of its ionisation state on the degradation pathway: comparison with O3/UV process. J. Photochem. Photobiol., A. 2000, 135 (1), 65-75.
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P264b-P271-P280-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P332+P313-P362-P501c
Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant