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Animal Nutrients

(Trimethylamine)

The largest use for trimethylamine (TMA) is in the production of choline chloride, a B vitamin supplement in animal feed for chickens, turkeys, and swine. It is made from the reaction of TMA with hydrochloric acid and ethylene oxide or TMA and ethylene chlorohydrin to make this quaternary ammonium compound. The intermediate, TMAhydrochloride, has many uses in other industries as well, such as electronics.