Agent Name

Butylated hydroxyanisole

Alternative Name

BHA

CAS Number

25013-16-5

Formula

C11-H16-O2

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

BHA; (1,1-Dimethylethyl)-4-methoxyphenol; 2(3)-tert-Butyl-4-hydroxyanisole; 2-terc.Butyl-4-methoxyfenol [Czech]; 3-tert-Butyl-4-hydroxyanisole; Anisole, butylated hydroxy-; Antioxyne B; Antrancine 12; BHA; BOA (antioxidant); Butyl hydroxyanisole; Butylated hydroxyanisole; Butylhydroxyanisole; Butylohydroksyanizol [Polish]; EEC No. E320; Embanox; Nepantiox 1-F; Nipantiox 1-F; Phenol, (1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-methoxy-; Phenol, tert-butyl-4-methoxy-; Protex; Sustane 1-F; Tenox BHA; t-Butyl hydroxyanisole; tert-Butyl-4-hydroxyanisole; tert-Butyl-4-methoxyphenol; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Preservatives

Description

White, beige or slightly yellow waxy solid with an aromatic odor and a slightly bitter burning taste; [CAMEO]

Sources/Uses

Used as a food and cosmetic preservative; [Kanerva, p. 1758] Used as an antioxidant in many foods since 1947; Also used in cosmetics such as lipstick and eye shadow; [IARC]

Comments

Allergic contact dermatitis reported in caterers; [Kanerva, p. 1758] May cause allergic contact dermatitis and asthma; [CAMEO]

Reference Link

Allergic contact dermatitis in caterers

Exposure Assessment
MAK

20 mg/m3, inhalable fraction

Vapor Pressure

0.00248 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 156 deg C;

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

IARC Carcinogen

Possible Carcinogen

NTP Carcinogen

Anticipated Human Carcinogen

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