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PRESERVATIVES

Products with this unspecific ingredient may be composed of any the specific substances listed below. The evidence shown is based on the most concerning group member.
Asthma/Respiratory
 
Moderate Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
High Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Environment
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; respiratory effects; general systemic/organ effects
This unspecific ingredient, Preservatives, can be found in 138 products.
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Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Preservatives
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
Only in: Oven Cleaner; Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Hard Water Stain Remover; Toilet Cleaner; Stove Top Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Preservatives
Asthmagen (allergic)
 
moderate
 
AOEC Asthmagen list - AOEC
Preservatives
Harmful if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
moderate
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Preservatives
Harmful in contact with skin
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
moderate
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Preservatives
Harmful if inhaled
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
moderate
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Preservatives
Asthmagen
 
some
 
AOEC Asthmagen list - AOEC
Preservatives
European Union Ecolabel program data shows this substance has high chronic toxicity to aquatic life
 
some
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
Preservatives
Causes central nervous system depression
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Preservatives
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
Only in: Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Oven Cleaner; Hard Water Stain Remover; Toilet Cleaner; Stove Top Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Preservatives
Causes respiratory irritation
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Preservatives
Causes skin irritation
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Preservatives
skin irritation
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Preservatives
NTP Toxcast scored 1.5-2.5
 
some
 
EWG Toxcast Analysis - National Toxicology Program (NTP)
Preservatives
European Union Ecolabel program data shows this substance has moderate acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
Preservatives
EPA testing shows this substance has low acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
EPA Fathead Minnow Acute Toxicity Database - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Preservatives
The European Union Ecolabel program reports this substance is readily biodegradable.
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
Preservatives
The European Union Ecolabel program reports this substance is anaerobically degradable.
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
 
 
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