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VITAMIN E

 
Asthma/Respiratory
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
Some Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Environment
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Low concern for general systemic/organ effects; skin irritation/allergies/damage
Vitamin E can be found in -1 products.
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Evidence

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Component: TOCOPHEROL
This substance is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as a food additive by the US Food and Drug Administration
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
low
 
FDA - Priority based Assessment of Food Additive (PAFA) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
A Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel reports this substance is not a sensitizer
 
low
 
Monice Zondlo Fiume. 2002. Final report on the safety assessment of Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Dioleyl Tocopheryl Methylsilanol, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, and Tocophe. International journal of toxicology 21 Suppl 3, 51-116.
Component: TOCOPHEROL
A Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel reports this substance is not a sensitizer
 
low
 
Monice Zondlo Fiume. 2002. Final report on the safety assessment of Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Dioleyl Tocopheryl Methylsilanol, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, and Tocophe. International journal of toxicology 21 Suppl 3, 51-116.
Component: TOCOPHEROL
A Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel reports this substance causes blood effects in animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
some
 
Monice Zondlo Fiume. 2002. Final report on the safety assessment of Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Dioleyl Tocopheryl Methylsilanol, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, and Tocophe. International journal of toxicology 21 Suppl 3, 51-116.
A Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel reports this substance causes blood effects in animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
some
 
Monice Zondlo Fiume. 2002. Final report on the safety assessment of Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Dioleyl Tocopheryl Methylsilanol, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, and Tocophe. International journal of toxicology 21 Suppl 3, 51-116.
Component: TOCOPHEROL
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports that this substance causes blood effects in animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 1987. 30th Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives. World Health Organization Technical Report Series 751.
Component: TOCOPHEROL
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports that this substance causes damage to breastfeeding animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 1987. 30th Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives. World Health Organization Technical Report Series 751.
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports that this substance causes damage to breastfeeding animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 1987. 30th Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives. World Health Organization Technical Report Series 751.
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports that this substance causes blood effects in animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 1987. 30th Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives. World Health Organization Technical Report Series 751.

Impurities

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans
 
low
 
IARC 103 - IARC
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
eye irritation
 
low
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
NTP Toxcast scored 0.5-1.5
 
some
 
EWG Toxcast Analysis - National Toxicology Program (NTP)
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
Causes serious eye damage
Only in: Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Oven Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
May cause an allergic skin reaction
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
confirmed animal carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
Harmful if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
eye damage
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
Very toxic to aquatic life
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
Suspected of causing cancer
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: HYDROQUINONE
Suspected of causing genetic defects
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
 
 
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