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Used as an analytical reagent and an oxidizing agent. Potassium bromate is used primarily as a maturing agent for flour and as a dough conditioner. It is also used as a laboratory reagent, in permanent-wave compounds such as food additives and explosives.
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Hazard Statements: H303-H319
May be harmful if swallowed. Causes serious eye irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P280i-P264-P305+P351+P338-P312a-P337+P313
Wear eye/face protection. Wash thoroughly after handling. 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/doctor if you feel unwell. If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/attention.