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FORMALDEHYDE RESIN

Score:

Data: Fair

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Products with this Ingredient

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nail polish2 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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Concern Reference
Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceEWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature
Researchers conclude that formaldehyde-allergic persons may get dermatitis from many of the nail polishes studiedSainio E-L, Engstrom K 1997. Allergenic ingredients in nail polishes Contact Dermatitis. 37(4): 155–162, October 1997
Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergiesNational Library of Medicine HazMap

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Limited evidence of respiratory toxicityNational Library of Medicine HazMap

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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Limited evidence of skin irritationNational Library of Medicine HazMap

Ecotoxicology

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Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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236 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data Sources

  • EWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature
  • Sainio E-L, Engstrom K 1997. Allergenic ingredients in nail polishes Contact Dermatitis. 37(4): 155–162, October 1997
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • 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.

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