Agent Name

n-Amyl formate

CAS Number

638-49-3

Formula

C6-H12-O2

Major Category

Solvents

Synonyms

Amyl formate; Amyl methanoate; Formic acid, pentyl ester; n-Pentyl formate; n-Pentyl methanoate; Pentyl formate; Pentyl methanoate; [ChemIDplus] UN1109

Category

Esters (<C12)

Description

Clear colorless liquid with an odor like plums; [CAMEO]

Sources/Uses

Used as a flavoring agent; [FDA]

Comments

A mild skin irritant; [RTECS] Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] An irritant; Targets the CNS, lungs, and kidney; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] See "Ethyl formate."

Exposure Assessment
Flammability (NFPA)

3: May ignite at ambient temperature

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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