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3-Methyl-2-butenal is used in small quantities as food flavor in alcoholic beverages, chewing gums, confection frosting, frozen dairy, fruit ice, gelatin pudding, hard and soft candy and jam jelly. Used in daily flavor, and cosmetic flavor in perfumes. A starting material for the synthesis of vitamin A.
Brian G. Brownlee; Ross H. Hall; C. Dennis Whitty. 3-Methyl-2-butenal: An Enzymatic Degradation Product of the Cytokinin, N6-(Δ2-Isopentenyl)adenine. Canadian Journal of Biochemistry. 1975, 53 (1), 37-41.
Akshay Waghray; Jian Wang, Rachid Oukaci; Donna G. Blackmond. Influence of alkali promoters in the selective hydrogenation of 3-methyl-2-butenal over ruthenium/silica catalysts. J. Phys. Chem. 1992, 96 (14), 5954-5959.
Hazard Statements: H226-H302-H331-H315-H318-H317-H335
Flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if swallowed. Toxic if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. May cause an allergic skin reaction. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P262-P280-P305+P351+P338-P304+P340-P310a
Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing.