Methyl mercaptan is a colorless gas with a smell like rotten cabbage. It is a natural substance found in the blood
, and other tissues of people and animals. It is released from animal feces. It occurs naturally in certain foods, such as some nuts and cheese.
Methyl mercaptan is released from decaying organic matter in marshes and is present in the natural gas of certain regions in the United States, in coal tar, and in some crude oils. It is manufactured for use in the plastics industry, in pesticides, and as a jet fuel additive. It is also released as a decay product of wood in pulp mills.
Methyl mercaptan is a natural substance released from decaying matter. Little is known about the health effects of this compound. This chemical has been found in at least 2 of the 1,300 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
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