chlorine dioxide

noun
an orange, water-soluble, unstable, extremely explosive gas, ClO 2 , used chiefly as a bleaching agent for wood pulp, fats, oils, and flour.
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Chlorine dioxide is a red-yellow gas at ordinary temperatures.
Chlorine dioxide appears extremely volatile and would be expected to evaporate from the food surface quickly.
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