In man, benzyl benzoate was a skin sensitizer and caused gastro-intestinal effects in an infant. It was of moderate to low acute oral toxicity in a range of laboratory animal species and of low acute dermal toxicity in rabbits. Central nervous system effects were induced in several species given single doses orally or dermally. Repeated skin applications caused degenerative changes in various organs (including the liver, spleen and testes) of rabbits. No effects were seen in reproductive studies involving repeated oral administration to rats during pregnancy and lactation. Benzyl benzoate gave no evidence of mutagenicity in an Ames bacterial assay. It was a mild skin irritant in rabbits.

Date of Publication: 1989

Number of Pages: 5

CAS Number*: 120-51-4

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