Toxic yellow crystals. Sodium ferrocyanide, or yellow prussiate of soda, is used to make Prussian blue pigment and red prussiate of soda. It is also used in the photography, leather tanning, and metal treatments. Sodium ferrocyanide is an effective anti-caking agent and is used in small amount in table salt and road salt. In the presence of strong sunlight, it can decompose to for hydrogen cyanide.
Synonyms and Related Terms
yellow prussiate of soda; YPS; tetrasodium hexacyanoferrate
Soluble in water. Insoluble in alcohol.
Hazards and Safety
Inhalation and contact are hazardous. Ingestion is toxic.
Science Lab: MSDS
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Website address 1 Comment: www.sciencelab.com for MSDS
- Website address 2 Comment: chemicalland21.com
- Website address 3 Comment: Is Road Salt a Major Carcinogen? at http://www.elements.nb.ca/theme/transportation/salt/salt.htm
- Website address 4 Comment: Salt Institute at http://www.saltinstitute.org/30.html