Methyl Salicylate, also known as Wintergreen Oil, is a natural organic compound used primarily as a flavor and fragrance additive. It is also commonly used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, paints, lacquers, and inks.
When exposed to rubber, Methyl Salicylate can cause swelling and softening of the material, and can lead to embrittlement. Over time, this can cause a loss of physical properties, leading to product failure. Additionally, this compound can cause the rubber to become brittle and prone to cracking. There is also a risk of a loss of color, odor, and taste, which can be a major issue in certain applications.
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