Wild rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa), is an introduced species that typically grows in the most parts of Australia. It is an annual or perennial shrub, growing to 2–2.5 m tall. The leaves are deeply lobed, arranged alternately on the stems. The flowers are white to pale yellow with a dark red spot at the base of each petal, fleshy and bright red as the fruit matures. They take about six months to mature. The petals can be used for making jellies and desserts. They have a tart flavour with a raspberry/rhubarb/plum quality.Most commonly known for its use in champagne. It works well in either sweet or savoury dishes and goes well with ginger, chilli, and fruits such as apples, peaches pears, nectarines and banana. Fabulous accompaniment for lamb, pork and game. Use it in sauces, jams, ice cream and pastries.The red calyces of the plant are increasingly used as food colouring. In the Caribbean, a drink is made from sepals of the rosella fruit. It is prepared by boiling fresh, frozen or dried sepals and seeds of the fruit of the sorrel plant in water for 8 to 10 minutes (or until the water turns red), then adding sugar, honey or sweetener. It is often served chilled. The drink is one of several inexpensive beverages (aguas frescas) commonly consumed in Mexico and Central America; they are typically made from fresh fruits, juices or extracts. In Mexican restaurants in the US, the beverage is sometimes known simply as Jamaica. It is very popular in Trinidad and Tobago especially as a seasonal drink at Christmas where cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves are preferred to ginger. It is also popular in Jamaica, usually flavored with rum. Rosella is used to make a refreshing drink and natural fruit juices of pineapple and watermelon are added. Ginger is also sometimes added to the refreshing drink. Rosella flowers are commonly found in commercial herbal teas, especially teas advertised as berry-flavoured, as they give a bright red colouring to the drink. The dried sepal can be used when substituted for fresh rosella fruit and can be used in cakes, desserts and as an accompaniment to meat dishes.
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Material Safety Data Sheet
Hibiscus sabdariffa leaf dried, crushed leaves of the Rosella, hibiscus sabdariffa l., malvaceous
Section 1: Chemical Product and Company Identification
Product Name: Rosella Spice Dried powder Contact Information:
Catalogue Code: EFTABRM002 Essences from the Australian Bush
94 Walkers Point Road.
CAS#: 84775-96-2 Maryborough
ECHA EC Number 283-920-7
RTECS: Not available. Queensland
TSCA 8(b) inventory: No products were found. Australia 4650
Order Online: www.essencesfromtheaustraianbush.com.au
CI#: Not available.
Synonym: Rosella Spice Powder Call 0408780709
Chemical Name: Hibiscus sabdariffa
Chemical Formula Moisture content 12.08, Ash content 7.5, Fat content 6.3, Crude protein 46.56, Crude fibre 12.04, Carbohydrate 15.79
Calcium 110.16, Sodium 46.98 Iron 21.84, Zinc 15.43 Potassium 84.11. Magnesium 120.09, Phosphorus 36.91,
Manganese 6.14, Nickel 10.35, Copper 3.14
Section 2: Composition and Information on Ingredients
100% by Weight
Hibiscus sabdariffa Leaf Powder
Toxicological Data on Ingredients: Not applicable.
Section 3: Hazards Identification
Potential Acute Health Effects:
Slightly hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant), of inhalation. Non-irritant for skin. Non-hazardous in case of ingestion.
Potential Chronic Health Effects:
CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. TERATOGENIC EFFECTS: Not available.
DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY: Not available. Repeated or prolonged exposure is not known to aggravate medical condition.
Section 4: First Aid Measures
Check for and remove any contact lenses. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention if irritation occurs.
Skin Contact: Wash with soap and water. Get medical attention if irritation develops.
Serious Skin Contact: Not available.
If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical attention.
Serious Inhalation: Not available.
Do NOT induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical personnel. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. If large quantities of this material are swallowed, call a physician immediately. Loosen tight clothing such as a collar, tie, belt or waistband.
Serious Ingestion: Not available.
Section 5: Fire and Explosion Data
Flammability of the Product: May be combustible at high temperature.
Auto-Ignition Temperature: Not available.
Flash Points: Not available.
Flammable Limits: Not available.
Products of Combustion: Not available.
Fire Hazards in Presence of Various Substances:
Slightly flammable to flammable in presence of open flames and sparks, of heat. Non-flammable in presence of shocks.
Explosion Hazards in Presence of Various Substances:
Risks of explosion of the product in presence of mechanical impact: Not available. Risks of explosion of the product in presence of static discharge: Not available.
Fire Fighting Media and Instructions:
SMALL FIRE: Use DRY chemical powder. LARGE FIRE: Use water spray, fog or foam. Do not use water jet.
Special Remarks on Fire Hazards: Not available.
Special Remarks on Explosion Hazards: Organic dusts can form explosive mixtures in air.
Section 6: Accidental Release Measures
Use appropriate tools to put the spilled solid in a convenient waste disposal container. Finish cleaning by spreading water on the contaminated surface and dispose of according to local and regional authority requirements.
Use a shovel to put the material into a convenient waste disposal container. Finish cleaning by spreading water on the contaminated surface and allow to evacuate through the sanitary system.
Section 7: Handling and Storage
Keep away from heat. Keep away from sources of ignition. Empty containers pose a fire risk, evaporate the residue under a fume hood. Ground all equipment containing material. Do not breathe dust.
Storage: Keep container tightly closed. Keep container in a cool, well-ventilated area. Do not store above 24°C (75.2°F).
Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
Use process enclosures, local exhaust ventilation, or other engineering controls to keep airborne levels below recommended exposure limits. If user operations generate dust, fume or mist, use ventilation to keep exposure to airborne contaminants below the exposure limit.
Personal Protection: Safety glasses. Lab coat.
Personal Protection in Case of a Large Spill:
Splash goggles. Full suit. Boots. Gloves. Suggested protective clothing might not be sufficient; consult a specialist BEFORE handling this product.
Exposure Limits: Not available.
Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical state and appearance: Solid. (Powdered solid.)
Odor: Sorrel like.
Taste: Sorrel like
Molecular Weight: Not available.
Color: Green yellow grey.
pH (1% soln/water): Not available.
Boiling Point: Not available.
Melting Point: Not available.
Critical Temperature: Not available.
Specific Gravity: Not available.
Vapor Pressure: Not applicable.
Vapor Density: Not available.
Volatility: Not available.
Odor Threshold: Not available.
Water/Oil Dist. Coeff.: Not available.
Ionicity (in Water): Not available.
Dispersion Properties: Not available.
Solubility: Not available.
Section 10: Stability and Reactivity Data
Stability: The product is stable.
Instability Temperature: Not available.
Conditions of Instability: Excess heat, incompatible materials
Incompatibility with various substances: Not available.
Corrosivity: Not available.
Special Remarks on Reactivity: No information available at this time.
Special Remarks on Corrosivity: Not available.
Polymerization: Will not occur.
Section 11: Toxicological Information
Routes of Entry: Inhalation. Ingestion.
Toxicity to Animals:
LD50: Not available. LC50: Not available.
Chronic Effects on Humans: Not available.
Other Toxic Effects on Humans:
Slightly hazardous in case of inhalation. Non-irritant for skin. Non-hazardous in case of ingestion.
Special Remarks on Toxicity to Animals: Not available.
Special Remarks on Chronic Effects on Humans: Not available.
Special Remarks on other Toxic Effects on Humans:
Acute Potential Health Effects: Skin: Unlikely to cause skin irritation. Eyes: Dust may cause eye irritation. Ingestion:
Swallowing this material during normal handling is not likely to be harmful. Inhalation: This material may produce dust. May cause respiratory tract irritation. Breathing small amounts of this material during normal handling is not likely to be harmful.
Section 12: Ecological Information
Ecotoxicity: Not available.
BOD5 and COD: Not available.
Products of Biodegradation:
Possibly hazardous short term degradation products are not likely. However, long term degradation products may arise.
Toxicity of the Products of Biodegradation: Not available.
Special Remarks on the Products of Biodegradation: Not available.
Section 13: Disposal Considerations
Waste must be disposed of in accordance with federal, state and local environmental control regulations.
Section 14: Transport Information
Transport Classification: Not a controlled material (Australia).
Identification: Not applicable.
Special Provisions for Transport: Not applicable.
Section 15: Other Regulatory Information
Federal and State Regulations: No products were found.
Other Regulations: Not available.
WHMIS (Canada): Not controlled under WHMIS (Canada).
This product is not classified according to the EU regulations. Not applicable.
Health Hazard: 1
Fire Hazard: 1
Personal Protection: a
National Fire Protection Association (U.S.A.):
Reactivity: 0 Specific hazard:
Not applicable. Lab coat. Not applicable. Safety glasses.
Section 16: Other Information
References: Not available.
Other Special Considerations: Not available.
Created: 10/10/2005 11:14 AM
Last Updated: 05/21/2013 12:00 PM
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