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Ethyl (methylthio)acetate is used as an internal standard during the analytical determination of volatile sulfur compounds in port wines. Further, it is used as food flavors.
In the presence of chlorine or t-butyl hypochlorite, substituted anilines give ortho-substituted derivatives via a base-promoted Sommelet-Hauser type rearrangement of an intermediate azasulfonium salt: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 96, 5512 (1974):
The products are used in the synthesis of oxindoles; see, e.g.: J. Heterocycl. Chem., 28, 1525 (1991).
Under photochemical conditions, alkenes are converted to the homologated saturated ethyl esters: Tetrahedron Lett., 38, 7829 (1997).
Spadafora, N. D.; Paramithiotis, S.; Drosinos, E. H.; Cammarisano, L.; Rogers, H. J.; Muller, C. T. Detection of Listeria monocytogenes in cut melon fruit using analysis of volatile organic compounds. Food Microbiol. 2015, 54, 52-59.
Ho, L. H.; Bhat, R. Exploring the potential nutraceutical values of durian (Durio zibethinus L.) - An exotic tropical fruit. Food Chem. 2015, 168, 80-89.
Hazard Statements: H226-H319-H335
Flammable liquid and vapour. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P261-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.