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ATTAPULGITE

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

About ATTAPULGITE: Attapulgite is a variety of Fuller's Earth (q.v.) found typically near Attapulgas, Georgia. It ischaracterized by having a chain structure rather than the usual sheet structure of other clay minerals.

Function(s): Abrasive; Absorbent; Bulking Agent; Opacifying Agent; Viscosity Increasing Agent - Aqueous; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING

Synoym(s): PALYGORSKITE; 200U/P-RVM; ACTIVATED ATTAPULGITE; ATTACLAY; ATTACLAY X 250; ATTACOTE; ATTAGEL; ATTAGEL 150; ATTAGEL 40; ATTAGEL 50; ATTASORB

Data gaps

Concern Reference
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
976 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Data Sources

CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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