Agent Name

Phenylpyruvic acid

CAS Number

156-06-9

Formula

C9-H8-O3

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

2-Oxo-3-phenylpropanoic acid; 3-Phenylpyruvic acid; Benzenepropanoic acid, alpha-oxo-; [ChemIDplus] 2-Oxo-3-phenylpropionic acid; 3-Phenyl-2-oxopropanoic acid; [JECFA]

Category

Food Additives

Description

Pale yellow or white crystalline powder; Hygroscopic; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a flavoring agent; [FDA] "Phenylpyruvic acid is a pyruvic acid derivative. . . . Pyruvic acid can be made from glucose through glycolysis, converted back to carbohydrates (such as glucose) via gluconeogenesis, or to fatty acids through acetyl-CoA. It can also be used to construct the amino acid alanine and be converted into ethanol." [Wikipedia]

Comments

Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] May cause irritation; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

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