Tin(II) chloride

Molecular formula:
Chemical compound:
tin(II) chloride
Common name:

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 swallowed.
  • Harmful if inhaled.
  • Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.
  • May cause respiratory irritation.
  • May be corrosive to metals.
  • May cause an allergic skin reaction.
  • Harmful to aquatic life with long-lasting effects.
  • May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.

Precautionary statements

  • Avoid release to the environment.
  • Do not breathe dust or mist.
  • IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting.
  • 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.
  • Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor.
  • 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.