The most distinctive characteristic of this ester organic compound is its scent, which is distinctly fruity and frequently compared to both bananas and apples. Amyl acetate is typically synthesized via condensation of acetic acid (commonly called white vinegar) and 1-pentanol. Additionally, any esters formed from other pentanol isomers (also called amyl alcohols) as well as mixtures of pentanols are also referred to by the name amy acetate. The primary use for amyl acetate is as a flavoring agent in food production, however it is also useful as a paint and lacquer solvent, and has a role in the preparation of various types of penicillin. Amyl acetate can also be found as an inactive ingredient in liquid bandage products. The primary safety considerations for any quantity of amyl acetate is that it is a flammable compound and should be handled and stored according to flammable material safety standards. It is also toxic in large quantities, and extended worker exposure should be kept to a minimum.