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Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate
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Overall Sodium Benzoate is of lower concern in food.

The overall ingredient concern is determined by using a weight of evidence evaluation of the known safety or hazards. In calculating an overall ingredient score multiple findings of low concern may lead to an overall moderate concern rating, or multiple moderate concerns may lead to a high concern rating. For more details read EWG's ingredient concern methodology.

Specific concerns for Sodium Benzoate

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European Union Scientific Committee on Food reports this substance causes developmental toxicity in animals at high doses.
 
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European Union Scientific Committee for Food. 2002. Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food on Benzoic acid and its salts.
A peer-reviewed study shows this substance causes DNA damage in laboratory experiments with human cells.
 
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N. Zengin, D. Yüzbaşıoğlu, F. Unal, S. Yılmaz & H. Aksoy. 2011. The evaluation of the genotoxicity of two food preservatives: sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate. Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association 49(4), 763-9.
NTP Toxcast scored 0.5-1.5
 
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EWG Toxcast Analysis - National Toxicology Program (NTP)
 

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