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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.
Brominates deactivated aromatics, for example nitrobenzene, in conc. sulfuric acid by in situ generation of HOBr: J. Org. Chem., 46, 2169 (1981).
Khan, N.; Sharma, S.; sativa, N. Ameliorates potassium bromate-induced early events of carcinogenesis: diminution of oxidative stress. Hum Exp Toxicol. 2003, 22 (4) , 193-203.
Murata, M.; Bansho, Y.; Inoue, S. ; Ito, K.; Ohnishi, S.; Midorikawa, K.; Kawanishi, S. Requirement of Glutathione and Cysteine in Guanine-Specific Oxidation of DNA by Carcinogenic Potassium Bromate. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2001, 14 (6), 678-685.
Hazard Statements: H271-H301-H335-H336-H351-H373
May cause fire or explosion; strong oxidizer. Toxic if swallowed. May cause respiratory irritation. May cause drowsiness or dizziness. Suspected of causing cancer. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P210-P220-P221-P260-P264b-P270-P271-P280-P283-P301+P310-P304+P340-P306+P360-P308+P313-P330-P370+P378q-P371+P380+P375-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep/Store away from clothing/combustible materials. Take any precaution to avoid mixing with combustibles. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. Wear fire/flame resistant/retardant clothing. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF ON CLOTHING: Rinse immediately contaminated clothing and skin with plenty of water before removing clothes. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention. Rinse mouth. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam In case of major fire and large quantities: Evacuate area. Fight fire remotely due to the risk of explosion. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant