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Flavouring Palmitic acid
Synonym(s) -
Latest JECFA evaluation 2002 (Session 59)
Status of specification Full
Chemical name Hexadecanoic acid
JECFA number 115
CAS number 57-10-3  
FEMA number 2832
COE number 14
FLAVIS number -
Molecular weight 256.43 
Chemical formula C16H32O2  
Physical form/odour hard, white or faintly yellowish crystalline solid 
Solubility practically insoluble in water; soluble in alcohol, ether, chloroform 
Solubility in ethanol -
Boiling point (°C) NA
Assay min % 80%
Acid value max 204-220
Refractive index NA
Specific gravity NA
Other requirements Saponification Value: 205 to 221; Solidification Pt.: 53.3° to 62°; Unsaponifiable Matter: <1.5%; Water: <0.2%SC: Stearic acid; Myristic acid; Heptadecanoic acid; Pentadecanoic acid
ID Test IR
Spectrum http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/jecfa-flav/img/img/115.gif