Agent Name

Palm oil

CAS Number

8002-75-3

Formula

Unspecified

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Oils, palm; Palm oil (from fruit); Palm acidulated soapstock; Palm butter; [ChemIDplus] Oils, edible: palm; Palm fruit oil; [CAMEO]

Category

Plant Oils and Extracts

Description

Crude oil is dark orange with a sweetish odor; Semi-solid at 21-27 deg C; mp = 27-50 deg C; [Merck Index]

Sources/Uses

Derived from the fleshy mesocarp of the fruit; Used in cooking oils, margarines, and other foods; Also used to make soaps and oleochemicals, in cosmetics and personal care products, as a viscosity increasing agent, solvent, and pharmaceutic aid; [Merck Index] Used in hot-dipping of tin and as a lubricant in subsequent forming operations, to make fatty alcohols, as a plasticizer in dental impressions, cutting-tool lubricant, softener in rubber processing, for cotton goods finishing, and as a mold release agent; [HSDB] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA]

Comments

"TSCA Definition 2008: Extractives and their physically modified derivatives. It consists primarily of the glycerides of the fatty acids lauric, oleic and palmitic. (Elaeis quineensis)." [ChemIDplus] Practically non-toxic; May cause mild eye irritation; [CHRIS] May cause irritation; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

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