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Online Edition: "Specifications for Flavourings"

Flavouring Benzyl formate
Synonym(s) Benzyl methanoate
Latest JECFA evaluation 2001 (Session 57)
Status of specification Full
Chemical name Benzyl formate
JECFA number 841
CAS number 104-57-4
FEMA number 2145
COE number 344
FLAVIS number
Molecular weight 136.15
Chemical formula C8H8O2
Physical form/odour colourless liquid with an intense pleasant, floral-fruity odour
Solubility insoluble in water; soluble in organic solvents, oils
Solubility in ethanol miscible at room temperature
Boiling point (°C) 202°
Assay min % 95%
Acid value max 5
Refractive index 1.508-1.518
Specific gravity 1.082-1.092
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