16 February 2024 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. [1,2]

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