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3-Hydroxy-2-butanone is a chemical used in food flavoring and fragrances. It acts as an intermediate of butanediol cycle in microorganisms. It is used as an aroma carrier in the preparation of flavors and essences.
Solid dimer is converted to liquid monomer on melting, dissolution or distillation. Gradually reverts to dimer on standing.
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Hazard Statements: H226-H315-H319
Flammable liquid and vapour. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P280g-P305+P351+P338
Wear protective gloves. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.