Butyric acid is a useful as precursor for the preparation of various butyrate esters. It is used as a food and perfume additive. It is also used as an animal feed supplement. Due to its powerful odor, it has also been used as a fishing bait additive and as a stink bomb. It is widely used as a flavoring agent for human food and beverages.
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Hazard Statements: H227-H302-H311-H314-H318
Combustible liquid. Harmful if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P210u-P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
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.