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Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
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Overall Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) is of higher 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 Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Concern
 
Level of Concern in Food
 
Source
Clear evidence of endocrine disruption in at least one animal study
 
higher
EU Endocrine Disrupters - EU Endocrine
The European Food Safety Authority reports that this substance can cause neonatal toxicity in animals.
 
higher
European Food Safety Authority. 2011. Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS); Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of butylated hydroxyanisole–BHA (E 320) as a food additive. EFSA Journal 9(10), 2392.
Known to cause cancer
 
higher
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
Reasonably Anticipated To Be Human Carcinogen
 
higher
NTP 12th RoC - National Toxicology Program (NTP)
The European Food Safety Authority reports that this substance shows limited evidence of endocrine disruption in animals.
 
moderate
European Food Safety Authority. 2011. Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS); Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of butylated hydroxyanisole–BHA (E 320) as a food additive. EFSA Journal 9(10), 2392.
Possibly carcinogenic to humans
 
moderate
IARC 103 - IARC
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports this substance causes hyperplasia in animals.
 
moderate
1989. Evaluation of certain food additives and contaminants. Thirty-third Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives. World Health Organization technical report series 776, 1-64.
 

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