Vanillin is a flavoring agent used in sweet foods, ice cream and chocolate. It is used in perfumes as well as to control the unpleasant odors in medicines. It acts as a chemical intermediate in the preparation of pharmaceuticals. In thin layer chromatography, it is used as a general-purpose stain for developing TLC plates to enable in visualizing components of a reaction mixture. Similarly, vanillin hydro chloride staining can be used to visualize the localization of tannins in cells.
Soluble in water, diethyl ether, acetone, methanol, benzene, petroleum ether, chloroform, carbon disulfide, glacial acetic acid, pyridine and in aqueous solutions of alkali hydroxides.
Moisture and light sensitive. Incompatible with oxidizing agents, alkalis and reducing agents.
Safety and Handling
GHS H Statement
Harmful if swallowed.
Harmful if inhaled.
GHS P Statement
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapors/spray.
Wash thoroughly after handling.
IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing.
IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell.
Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell.
Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.
RTECSNumber : YW5775000
TSCA : TSCA