TBHQ (Tertiary Butyl Hydroquinone)

TBHQ is a white powder and a traditional antioxidant used in food and industrial applications in order to prevent oxidative degradation and increase shelf life.

Main applications of TBHQ

Used mainly in Vegetable Oils & Fats, Baked Foods, Bakery Shortening, Food Packaging, Margarine, Snacks, Instant Noodles, Cosmetic & Pharmaceutical Applications, Animal Nutrition, Animal Fats, Biodiesel, Oil Field Additives & Resins.

Vegetable oils & fats
Fat spreads
Cocoa & Chocolate products

Specification of TBHQ


Tertiary Butylhydroquinone FCC (TBHQ)

Chemical formula

Formula: C10H14O2
Molecular weight: 166.22

Identification numbers

E number: 319
CAS number: 1948-33-0

Functional class



FCC: Food Chemical Codex
CFSL: Camlin Fine Sciences Ltd.

Physical properties

Description: White to crystalline powder having a characteristic odour. (Method: FCC)
Solubility: Soluble in alcohol and practically insoluble in water. (Method: FCC)
Melting Range: NLT 126.5°C (Method: FCC)


Assay (Titrimetric): Minimum 99% of C10H14O2 (Method: FCC)
Tert-Butyl-p-Benzoquinone (IR) (*): NMT 0.2% (Method: FCC)
2,5-Di-tert-Butyl Hydroquinone (GC) (*): NMT 0.2% (Method: FCC)
Hydroquinone content (GC) (*): NMT 0.1% (Method: FCC)
Toluene (GC) (*): NMT 0.0025% (Method: FCC)
Lead content (*): NMT 0.0025% (Method: FCC)
Ultraviolet Absorbance (polynuclear hydrocarbon) (*): 280 – 289 nm – Net Abs Maximum 0.15 (Method: FCC)
Ultraviolet Absorbance (polynuclear hydrocarbon) (*): 290 – 299 nm – Net Abs Maximum 0.12
Ultraviolet Absorbance (polynuclear hydrocarbon) (*): 300 – 359 nm – Net Abs Maximum 0.08
Ultraviolet Absorbance (polynuclear hydrocarbon) (*): 360 – 400 nm – Net Abs Maximum 0.02
(*) To be analysed randomly in between every 25th batch.


FCC, JECFA and EU: Tertiary Butylhydroquinone conforms with FCC, JECFA and EU specifications.
Genetically Modified Organisms: Tertiary Butylhydroquinone is not produced from ingredients or processing aids derived by genetic modification. Tertiary Butylhydroquinone does not contain any genetically modified organisms.
BSE/TSE: No animal derived ingredients whatsoever are used in the production of Tertiary Butylhydroquinone. Further there is no animal derived ingredient used in the facility where Tertiary Butylhydroquinone is produced.
ISO CERTIFICATION: Tertiary Butylhydroquinone is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 22000:2005 Certified.
KOSHER: Tertiary Butylhydroquinone is Kosher & Pareve and can be used in Kosher food industry, pharmaceuticals & other Kosher products.
HALAL: Tertiary Butylhydroquinone is Halal certified.

Storage - Stability

STORAGE: Store in cool dry place away from moisture, oxidizing agents and alkaline atmosphere. Keep container closed when not in use.

SHELF LIFE: 3 years from the date of manufacture, when properly stored in sealed original container in cool dry place.

Format and presentation


25 kg packed in LDPE bag in fibre drums.
25 kg packed in LDPE bag inside multilayer paper bag.


The label includes product name, batch number, gross weight, net weight, manufacturer name, manufacturing date and expiration date.

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