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FD&C Yellow No. 6 (CI 15985)

Score:

Data: Fair

  • Other Concerns
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  • About the Chemical
  • Synonyms
  • Use restrictions (high), Neurotoxicity (low), Endocrine disruption (low), and Contamination concerns (high)

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Products with this Ingredient

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lipstick94 products
eye liner70 products
lip gloss33 products
conditioner15 products
moisturizer11 products
facial moisturizer/treatment9 products
foundation8 products
serums & essences7 products
fragrance for women7 products
mask7 products
lip balm with SPF7 products
bath oil/salts/soak7 products
body wash/cleanser6 products
shampoo6 products
lip liner6 products
hair color and bleaching5 products
mouthwash5 products
liquid hand soap5 products
fragrance for men4 products
blush4 products
facial cleanser4 products
body firming lotion3 products
nail polish3 products
hair styling aide3 products
exfoliant/scrub3 products
moisturizer with SPF2 products
shaving cream2 products
makeup remover2 products
bronzer/highlighter1 products
sunless tanning1 products
makeup primer1 products
beard oil1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
hand cream1 products
concealer1 products
anti-aging1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
after shave1 products
detangler1 products
around-eye cream1 products
eye shadow1 products
lip balm1 products

Contamination concerns

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Use restrictions

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Concern Reference
Violation of government restrictions - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Color additive not approved by FDA for cosmetics used around eyesFDA Color Additive Status

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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Concern Reference
Review article concluded that chemical caused hypersensitivity reactions.Peer Reviewed Literature 2020. Kobylewski, S. & Jacobson, M.F. 2012. Toxicology of food dyes. International journal of occupational and environmental health 18(3), 220-46.. Appears as: Substance Name: FD&C Yellow No. 6;
EFSA concludes that some sensitive individuals may experience allergic reactions at dose levels within the ADI.European Food Safety Authority 2009. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) as a food additive. EFSA Journal 7(11), 1330.

Neurotoxicity

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Concern Reference
EFSA concludes there is limited evidence that Yellow 6 in a mixture with other synthetic colours and sodium benzoate has a "small and statistically significant effect on activity and attention in children selected from the general population"European Food Safety Authority 2009. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) as a food additive. EFSA Journal 7(11), 1330.

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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Concern Reference
The European Food Safety Authority concluded that this substance had the potential to impact testicular health.European Food Safety Authority 2009. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) as a food additive. EFSA Journal 7(11), 1330.
A review article reports evidence of impacts on male gonads in rats.Peer Reviewed Literature 2020. Amchova, P., H. Kotolova & J. Ruda-Kucerova. 2015. Health safety issues of synthetic food colorants. Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology : RTP 73(3), 914-22. . Appears as: Chemical_name: FD&C Yellow No. 6;

Endocrine disruption

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Concern Reference
A peer-reviewed study reports this substance shows estrogenic activity in a human cell line.Andrew Axon, Felicity E B. May, Luke E. Gaughan, Faith M. Williams, Peter G. Blain & Matthew C. Wright. 2012. Tartrazine and sunset yellow are xenoestrogens in a new screening assay to identify modulators of human oestrogen receptor transcriptional activity. Toxicology 298(1-3), 40-51.
Evidence of endocrine activity from cellular assays.National Toxicology Program (NTP) 2015. EWG Toxcast Analysis. Appears as: CAS: 2783-94-0; Chemical_Name: FD&C Yellow 6

Cancer

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Concern Reference
A review article reports mixed evidence of genotoxicity.Peer Reviewed Literature 2020. Amchova, P., H. Kotolova & J. Ruda-Kucerova. 2015. Health safety issues of synthetic food colorants. Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology : RTP 73(3), 914-22. . Appears as: Chemical_name: FD&C Yellow No. 6;
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsWorld Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC Monographs Programme on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans. Lists of Group 1, 2a, and 2b substances can be obtained. http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Classification/index.php; Vol 8, Suppl. 7 ;1987

Data gaps

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Concern Reference
349 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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Concern Reference
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Informational

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Concern Reference
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color additive approved by FDA for use in cosmeticsFDA Color Additive Status
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color Additives - Batch Certified by the U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationCTFA International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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Concern Reference
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data Sources

  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Color Additive Status List. September 2006.
  • Peer Reviewed Literature 2020. Kobylewski, S. & Jacobson, M.F. 2012. Toxicology of food dyes. International journal of occupational and environmental health 18(3), 220-46.. Appears as: Substance Name: FD&C Yellow No. 6;
  • European Food Safety Authority 2009. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) as a food additive. EFSA Journal 7(11), 1330.
  • Peer Reviewed Literature 2020. Amchova, P., H. Kotolova & J. Ruda-Kucerova. 2015. Health safety issues of synthetic food colorants. Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology : RTP 73(3), 914-22. . Appears as: Chemical_name: FD&C Yellow No. 6;
  • Andrew Axon, Felicity E B. May, Luke E. Gaughan, Faith M. Williams, Peter G. Blain & Matthew C. Wright. 2012. Tartrazine and sunset yellow are xenoestrogens in a new screening assay to identify modulators of human oestrogen receptor transcriptional activity. Toxicology 298(1-3), 40-51.
  • National Toxicology Program (NTP) 2015. EWG Toxcast Analysis. Appears as: CAS: 2783-94-0; Chemical_Name: FD&C Yellow 6
  • World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC Monographs Programme on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans. Lists of Group 1, 2a, and 2b substances can be obtained. http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Classification/index.php; Vol 8, Suppl. 7 ;1987
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.
  • CTFA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association). 2006. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, 11th Edition. Color Additive Information. Washington, DC.

About this Ingredient's Score Range

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for use around the eyes due to increased risk of absorption.
  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.

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