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p-Anisaldehyde is an organic compound that is a clear to slightly yellow oily liquid. Its molecular formula is C8-H8-O2. It occurs naturally in the fennel and anise plants. It is a high volume chemical with production over 1 million pounds annually.


p-Anisaldehyde is used in the following products:

  • Soaps
  • Detergents
  • Cosmetic Creams
  • Perfume
  • Artificial food flavoring (Anise, Caramel, Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla)
  • Insect attractant for pest control
  • Antihistamines
  • Electroplating


Human Health Effects

  • p-Anisaldehyde is a suspected neurotoxicant according to the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances

Environmental Effects



Environmental Defense Fund Chemical Scorecard- Anisaldehyde

Hazardous Substances Data Bank- p-Anisaldehyde

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