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MAGNESIUM SILICATE


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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
 
 
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 
Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

About MAGNESIUM SILICATE: Magnesium silicate is the primary component of talc, a common ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. According to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, talc is 'powdere ... read more

Function(s): Absorbent; Anticaking Agent; Bulking Agent; Opacifying Agent; Slip Modifier; ViscosityIncreasing Agent - Aqueous; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING

Synoym(s): MAGNESIUM SALT SILICIC ACID; SILICIC ACID (H2SIO3) , MAGNESIUM SALT (1:1) ; SILICIC ACID, MAGNESIUM SALT; SILICIC ACID, MAGNESIUM SALT (1:1)

Cancer

Concern Reference
Cancer - limited evidenceNTP

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Limited evidence of respiratory toxicityNTP
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

Concern Reference
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Data gaps

Concern Reference
Safety assessment was based on related chemicalCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
247 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

CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
NTP. 1993. NTP Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of Talc (CAS No. 14807-96-6)(Non-Asbestiform) in F344/N Rats and B6C3F1 Mice (Inhalation Studies). Natl Toxicol Program Tech Rep Ser 421: 1-287.
NTP. 1993. NTP Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of Talc (CAS No. > 14807-96-6)(Non-Asbestiform) in F344/N Rats and B6C3F1 Mice (Inhalation > Studies). Natl Toxicol Program Tech Rep Ser 421: 1-287.

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