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PHENOXYETHANOL

 
This substance ranges from B to C depending on concentration/usage.
Asthma/Respiratory
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Environment
 
Low Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Low concern for acute aquatic toxicity; biodegradation; chronic aquatic toxicity
PHENOXYETHANOL can be found in 83 products.
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Evidence

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
The European Union Ecolabel program reports this substance is readily biodegradable.
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
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)
EPA testing shows this substance has low acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
EPA Fathead Minnow Acute Toxicity Database - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
European Union Ecolabel program data shows this substance has low chronic toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
European Union Ecolabel program data shows this substance has moderate acute toxicity to aquatic life
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
Causes serious eye irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
A peer-reviewed journal article reports this substance is associated with increased time to pregnancy in women.
 
some
 
Ronan Garlantézec, Charline Warembourg, Christine Monfort, Laurence Labat, Juha Pulkkinen, Nathalie Bonvallot, Luc Multigner, Cécile Chevrier & Sylvaine Cordier. 2013. Urinary Glycol Ether Metabolites in Women and Time to Pregnancy: The PELAGIE Cohort. Environmental health perspectives.
Harmful if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
moderate
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
 
 
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