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2-Acetylbenzoic acid is used as a component of hair dyes. It is used as an intermediate for pharmaceutical, cosmetics, agrochemical and food industries.
Jacob Finkelstein; Thomas Williams; Voldemar Toome; Samuel Traiman. Ring-chain tautomers of 6-substituted 2-acetylbenzoic acids. J. Org. Chem. 1967, 32 (10), 3229-3230.
A. J. Dobson and R. E. Gerkin. 2-Acetylbenzoic Acid: Phthalide Form. Acta Cryst. 1996, C52 3078-3081.
Exists in equilibrium with 3-hydroxy-3-methylphthalide, precursor of 3-methylenephthalidyl (MPID) derivatives of amino acids. Deprotection can be effected with hydrazine hydrate: Synthesis, 43 (1977).
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P264b-P271-P280-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P501c
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. 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. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant