15 March 2019 Bulletin

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Sodium Fluoroacetate

Sodium fluoroacetate, known in pesticide form as 1080, is the
organofluorine chemical compound with the formula FCH2CO2Na. [1] It
is a naturally occurring poison found in plants in Australia, South Africa
and Brazil. [2] Sodium fluoroacetate is a sodium salt of fluoroacetic acid
which is a tan coloured alkaline powder with a pH of 10.3. It melts at 197-
203 degrees C with decomposition. It is soluble in water, but practically
insoluble in all nonpolar solvents. Sodium fluoroacetate is stable in
sunlight, at a temperature of 54 degrees C, and in tin coated metal
containers. [3]

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