Tin(II) chloride

Molecular formula:
Chemical compound:
tin(II) chloride
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Pure tin(II) chloride SnCl2 is a white, odorless, crystalline powder. Tin(II) chloride is used as a food additive in such products as soup, jelly, ice cream, meringue, cream, milk, and yogurt. It ensures the uniformity of mixtures of substances that don’t mix with each other naturally, such as oil, fat, and water. SnCl2 is also used to make silvered mirrors and to color textiles.

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Hazard information

Hazard statements

  • Harmful if inhaled.
  • Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.
  • Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child.
  • Suspected of causing genetic defects.
  • May cause respiratory irritation.
  • May cause an allergic skin reaction.
  • Very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects.
  • May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.

Precautionary statements

  • Obtain special instructions before use.
  • Avoid release to the environment.
  • IF ON SKIN (or hair): Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/ shower.
  • Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
  • IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing.
  • IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses if present and easy to do – continue rinsing.