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Online Edition: "Specifications for Flavourings"

Flavouring Phenylacetic acid
Synonym(s) alpha-Toluic acid;Benzylcarboxylic acid
Latest JECFA evaluation 2002 (Session 59)
Status of specification Full
Chemical name Phenylacetic acid
JECFA number 1007
CAS number 103-82-2
FEMA number 2878
COE number 672
FLAVIS number
Molecular weight 136.15
Chemical formula C8H8O2
Physical form/odour Glistening white crystalline solid with leafy crystals; sweet animal honey-like odour
Solubility Slightly soluble in water; soluble in oils
Solubility in ethanol Soluble at room temperature
Boiling point (°C) 265°
Assay min % 99%
Acid value max
Refractive index NA
Specific gravity NA
Other requirements m.p. 76-78°
ID Test IR