[Histonet] Re: Banana smelling chemical in our formalin
Markus F. Meyenhofer
micro <@t> superlink.net
Mon Jan 24 20:45:42 CST 2011
It's Amyl Acetate.
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From: "Adam ." <anonwums1 <@t> gmail.com>
To: "Patrick Laurie" <foreightl <@t> gmail.com>
Cc: <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 6:48 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Re: Banana smelling chemical in our formalin
> That wasn't formalin. It was Histologie for Men, the new banana-scented
> cologne for histotechs.
> But seriously, I guess it's formalin ethyl acetate, which smells vaguely
> banana-like and is used for extraction of parasites from stool samples.
> On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 4:56 PM, Patrick Laurie <foreightl <@t> gmail.com>
>> > Histonet,
>> > We get a number of our specimens from outreach clients. We received
>> > back
>> > from one of our sites a jug of "Formalin" to be recycled. However when
>> > was opened up it had a strong odor of bananas. I know we shouldn't
>> > smell
>> > the chemicals, but luckily this was caught before it was put through
>> > our
>> > recycler. I was wondering if anyone might have an idea what this could
>> > Is there a manufacturer that adds an odor (like bananas) to their
>> > Is it a strange solvent? The idea of it being amyl acetate has been
>> > around, but I cannot see a histologic use for such a chemical.
>> > Thanks for your input.
>> > --
>> > Patrick Laurie HT(ASCP)QIHC
>> > CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories
>> > 1124 Columbia Street, Suite 200
>> > Seattle, WA 98104
>> > plaurie <@t> cellnetix.com
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