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No boiling point was observed  for substances in the category Rosin, hydrogenated rosin and their salt up to the temperature tested (up to 275°C) in the test procedures.

Resins may discolour to dark brown when heated above 150°C.  This phenomenon is not the consequence of mass decomposition of the substance.  Rather, hydroperoxydes (oxidized resin acids) develop during ambient storage upon exposure to air and the heating of those hydroperoxides causes their decomposition: this forms high extinction coefficient  chromophores (hydroperoxyde cleavage) in small concentrations.

Any heating to elevated temperatures should occur under inert gas conditions to prevent darkening of the product.

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A GLP-compliant study, conducted according to EU Method A.2 (siwoloboff) was provided for hydrogenated rosin ((Chilworth Technology, 2010a)