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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
Allergies & immunotoxicity
Use restrictions

About BEHENIC ACID: Behenic Acid is a fatty acid.

Function(s): Opacifying Agent; Surfactant - Cleansing AgentSurfactant-Cleansing Agent is included as a function for the soap form of Behenic Acid.; EMULSIFYING


Data gaps

Concern Reference
201 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed


Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data Sources

EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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