This compound is used as a mold and yeast inhibitor and as a fungistatic agent for foods, especially cheeses. It is used to improve characteristics of drying oils, in alkyd type coatings to improve glass, to improve milling characteristics of cold rubber, in copolymerization, and as an intermediate for plasticizers and lubricants. It is also a cosmetic ingredient and it is used in pharmaceuticals and tobacco products. In adhesives, glues, inks, paints, varnishes, tanning agents, metalworking fluids. Cross: potassium sorbate. ICU, NICU.