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POLYOXYMETHYLENE UREA (FORMALDEHYDE RELEASER)

Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
 
 
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
 

About POLYOXYMETHYLENE UREA (FORMALDEHYDE RELEASER): Polyoxymethylene Urea is a reaction product of urea and formaldehyde.

This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: Excreted from urine and other bodily fluids. In deodorants, ammoniated dentifrices, mouthwashes, hair colorings, hand creams, lotions, shampoos, etc. Used to "brown" baked goods, such as pretzels. Der ... read more

Function(s): Bulking Agent

Synoym(s): POLYOXYMETHYLENE UREA, CARBAMIDE-FORMALDEHYDE COPOLYMER; FORMALDEHYDE, UREA ADDUCT; UREA, REACTION PRODUCTS WITH FORMALDEHYDE; POLYMER WITH FORMALDEHYDE UREA; POLYNOXYLIN; UREA, POLYMER WITH FORMALDEHYDE; UREA, REACTION PRODUCTS WITH FORMALDEHYDE; UREA-FORMALDEHYDE RESIN; ACRISIN FS 017; AEROLITE 300; AEROLITE A 300; AEROLITE FFD

Allergies/immunotoxicity

Concern Reference
Known human toxicant or allergen

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Concern Reference
Persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humansEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Cancer

Concern Reference
Cancer - limited evidenceIARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer)

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Ecotoxicology

Concern Reference
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

Concern Reference
9,316 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Chemical release concerns

Chemical Score
FORMALDEHYDE
Data: Fair

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.
Formaldehyde - Global Harmonized System (GHS)
IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). 2008. Overall Evaluations of Carcinogenicity to Humans, as evaluated in IARC Monographs Volumes 1-99.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

About the ratings

EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Learn more | Legal Disclaimer