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Online Edition: "Specifications for Flavourings"

Flavouring Methyl salicylate
Synonym(s) Synthetic teaberry oil;Synthetic wintergreen oil;Synthetic sweet birch oil;Methyl o-hydroxybenzoate
Latest JECFA evaluation 2001 (Session 57)
Status of specification Full
Chemical name Methyl 2-hydroxybenzoate
JECFA number 899
CAS number 119-36-8
FEMA number 2745
COE number 433
FLAVIS number
Molecular weight 152.15
Chemical formula C8H8O3
Physical form/odour colourless to yellowish liquid with a characteristic wintergreen odour
Solubility slightly soluble in water; soluble in organic solvents, oils
Solubility in ethanol miscible at room temperature
Boiling point (°C) 222°
Assay min % 98%
Acid value max 2
Refractive index 1.534-1.538
Specific gravity 1.176-1.185
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