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CARAMEL COLOR

 
Asthma/Respiratory
 
Some Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
Some Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
Some Concern
 
Environment
 
Low Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Evidence of cancer; damage to DNA; skin irritation/allergies/damage
CARAMEL COLOR can be found in 24 products.
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Evidence

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Caramel food colorings contain carcinogenic impurities at unsafe levels.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
some
 
Michael F. Jacobson. 2012. Carcinogenicity and regulation of caramel colorings. International journal of occupational and environmental health 18(3), 254-9.
This substance is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as a food additive by the US Food and Drug Administration
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
low
 
FDA - Priority based Assessment of Food Additive (PAFA) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Impurities

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
Known to cause cancer
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
Known to cause cancer
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
Impurity: FURAN
Suspected of causing genetic defects
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FURAN
May cause cancer
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FURAN
Known to cause cancer
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
Impurity: FURAN
Reasonably Anticipated To Be Human Carcinogen
 
some
 
NTP 12th RoC - National Toxicology Program (NTP)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
Possibly carcinogenic to humans
 
some
 
IARC 103 - IARC
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
Possibly carcinogenic to humans
 
some
 
IARC 103 - IARC
Impurity: FURAN
May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FURAN
Harmful if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FURAN
Harmful if inhaled
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FURAN
Possibly carcinogenic to humans
 
some
 
IARC 103 - IARC
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
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
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
suspected of causing cancer
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
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
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
suspected of causing cancer
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
may damage fertility or the unborn child
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: FURAN
fatal if inhaled
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
Toxic in contact with skin
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
toxic if inhaled
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: FURAN
Toxic of swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: FURAN
toxic if inhaled
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: FURAN
Causes skin irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
Harmful in contact with skin
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
may cause drowsiness or dizziness
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
Harmful if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
Harmful if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 2-FURALDEHYDE, 5-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-
EFSA: Safety under reevaluation in the light of new data on genotoxicity, subchronic toxicity and carcinogenicity.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
some
 
2011. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of caramel colours (E 150 a,b,c,d) as food additives. EFSA Journal 9(3), 2004.
Impurity: 2-ACETYL-4-TETRAHYDROXY-BUTYLIMIDAZOLE
EFSA: Safety under reevaluation in the light of new data on genotoxicity, subchronic toxicity and carcinogenicity.
Only in: Food Scores®
 
some
 
2011. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of caramel colours (E 150 a,b,c,d) as food additives. EFSA Journal 9(3), 2004.
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
May cause an allergic skin reaction
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
may cause respiratory irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
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
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
Causes serious eye damage
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
Causes skin irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
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
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
Causes serious eye damage
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: 4-METHYLIMIDAZOLE
causes serious eye irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Impurity: FURAN
EPA testing shows this substance has moderate acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
EPA Fathead Minnow Acute Toxicity Database - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Impurity: FURAN
Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects
 
low
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: IMIDAZOLE, 2-METHYL-
EPA testing shows this substance has low acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
EPA Fathead Minnow Acute Toxicity Database - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
 
 
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