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SODIUM METABISULFITE

 
Asthma/Respiratory
 
Moderate Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
Some Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Environment
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Evidence of respiratory effects; damage to vision; general systemic/organ effects
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Evidence

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Health Canada reports that sulfites may cause an anaphylactic reaction in people.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
high
 
Health Canada. 2005. Sulphites - One of the nine most common food products causing severe adverse reactions.
The European Union Scientific Committee on Food reports that this substance is genotoxic.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
high
 
Scientific Committee on Food. 1996. European Commission reports of the Scientific Committee on Food (35th Series). 35th Series, 23-27.
Asthmagen (sensitizing)
 
moderate
 
Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC): AOEC Exposure Code List (2020 Update)
The European Union Scientific Committee on Food reports that this substance can cause gastrointestinal hyperplasia in animals.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
moderate
 
Scientific Committee on Food. 1996. European Commission reports of the Scientific Committee on Food (35th Series). 35th Series, 23-27.
The European Union Scientific Committee on Food reports that this substance causes skin allergies.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
some
 
Scientific Committee on Food. 1996. European Commission reports of the Scientific Committee on Food (35th Series). 35th Series, 23-27.
Harmful if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes: GHS Hazard Codes
Causes serious eye damage
Only in: Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Oven Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
some
 
EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes: GHS Hazard Codes
Causes respiratory irritation
 
some
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
upper respiratory tract irritation
 
some
 
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH): Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis
Health Canada reports that sulfites may cause allergy-like respiratory symptoms and hyperactivity in people.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
some
 
Health Canada. 2005. Sulphites - One of the nine most common food products causing severe adverse reactions.
The European Union Scientific Committee on Food reports that this substance can cause respiratory symptoms and hyper-reactivity in people.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
some
 
Scientific Committee on Food. 1996. European Commission reports of the Scientific Committee on Food (35th Series). 35th Series, 23-27.
Causes skin irritation
 
some
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
The European Union Scientific Committee on Food reports that this substance can cause gastrointestinal irritation in people.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
some
 
Scientific Committee on Food. 1996. European Commission reports of the Scientific Committee on Food (35th Series). 35th Series, 23-27.
The European Union Scientific Committee on Food reports that this substance can cause gastrointestinal inflammation in animals.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
some
 
Scientific Committee on Food. 1996. European Commission reports of the Scientific Committee on Food (35th Series). 35th Series, 23-27.
not classifiable as a human carcinogen
 
low
 
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH): Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis
This substance is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as a food additive by the US Food and Drug Administration
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
low
 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): FDA - Priority based Assessment of Food Additive (PAFA)
The European Union Scientific Committee on Food reports that this substance does not cause cancer.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
low
 
Scientific Committee on Food. 1996. European Commission reports of the Scientific Committee on Food (35th Series). 35th Series, 23-27.
 
 
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