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D&C RED 6


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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
 
 
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

About D&C RED 6: D&C Red 6 is a synthetic dye produced from petroleum or coal tar sources; this dye is FDA-approved for use in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: Pigments from animal, plant, and synthetic sources used to color foods, cosmetics, and other products. Cochineal is from insects. Widely used FD&C and D&C colors are coaltar (bituminous coal) derivati ... read more

Function(s): Colorant; COSMETIC COLORANT

Synonym(s): RED 6, D&C RED NO. 6; 11070 RED; C.I. 15850; C.I. PIGMENT RED 57 (7CI) ; C.I. PIGMENT RED 57, DISODIUM SALT (8CI) ; CERVEN PIGMENT 57 (CZECH) ; D AND C RED NO. 6; IRGALITE RED 4B; IRGALITE RUBINE PB; ISOL BONA RUBINE BK; ISOL BONA RUBINE BKS

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Violation of government restrictions - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Color additive not approved by FDA for cosmetics used around eyes (only for products for use around the eyes)FDA Color Additive Status

Cancer

Concern Reference
Cancer - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedScientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

Concern Reference
Considered safe based on assumption of low absorptionScientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
Insufficient data to determine safetyScientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
29 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Ecotoxicology

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

Data Sources

CTFA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association). 2006. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, 11th Edition. Color Additive Information. Washington, DC.
EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Color Additive Status List. September 2006.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). OPINION ON Pigment Red 57, COLIPA n° C181. October 2012. http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_o_112.pdf
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). OPINION ON Pigment Red 57, COLIPA n° C181. October 2012. http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_o_112.pdf
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). OPINION ON Pigment Red 57, COLIPA n° C181. October 2012. http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_o_112.pdf

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