Other ConcernsPersistence and bioaccumulation (moderate) and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
SYNONYMSB,BCAROTENE, B-CAROTENE, BETA CAROTENE, BETA,BETA-CAROTENE, BETA-CAROTENE, FOOD ORANGE 5, and NATURAL YELLOW 26
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Beta carotene is a carotenoid compound prepared synthetically or obtained from natural sources; can be used as a pigment with a strong red-orange color. In the human body, beta carotene is converted to Vitamin A.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|CC cream||36 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||26 products|
|daily use with SPF||23 products|
|serums & essences||20 products|
|hair treatment/serum||7 products|
|facial cleanser||6 products|
|around-eye cream||6 products|
|recreational sunscreen||4 products|
|makeup remover||4 products|
|lip balm||3 products|
|cuticle treatment||3 products|
|bar soap||3 products|
|body oil||3 products|
|makeup primer||2 products|
|sunless tanning||2 products|
|hair removal waxes||1 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||1 products|
|lip balm with SPF||1 products|
|tanning oil||1 products|
|BB cream||1 products|
|beard oil||1 products|
|nail treatment||1 products|
|hair styling aide||1 products|
|beard cleanser||1 products|
|baby oil||1 products|
|hand cream||1 products|
|styling gel/lotion||1 products|
|after sun product||1 products|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humans||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as medium human health priority||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative (uncertainty in environmental toxicity or persistence/bioaccumulation)||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color additive approved by FDA for use in cosmetics||FDA Color Additive Status|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color Additives - Exempt from Batch Certification by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration||CTFA International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook|
|11050 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Color Additive Status List. September 2006.
- CTFA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association). 2006. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, 11th Edition. Color Additive Information. Washington, DC.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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