Agent Name

Ethyl hexanoate

Alternative Name

Ethyl caproate

CAS Number

123-66-0

Formula

C8-H16-O2

Major Category

Solvents

Synonyms

Ethyl caproate; Ethyl hexanoate (caproate); Ethyl hexanoate (caproate) (natural); Ethyl hexoate; Hexanoic acid, ethyl ester; [ChemIDplus] Hexanoic acid ethyl ester; [Merck Index] UN3272

Category

Esters (<C12)

Description

Colorless to yellowish liquid with a pleasant odor; [Merck Index] Colorless liquid; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used to make artificial fruit flavors; [Merck Index] Used as a flavoring agent; [FDA] Used to flavor animal feeds; [ExPub: EFSA - FEEDAP] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA]

Comments

A moderate skin irritant; [RTECS] Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] A skin and strong eye irritant; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

1.56 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Esters, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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