- This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Pectin is a purified carbohydrate product obtained from the dilute acid extract of the innerportion of the rind of citrus fruits or from apple pomace. It consists chiefly of partially methoxylatedpolygalacturonic acids. In the United States, Pectin may be used as an active ingredient in OTC drugproducts. When used as an active drug ingredient, the established name is Pectin.
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MODERATEAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|hair styling aide||14 products|
|styling gel/lotion||8 products|
|brow liner||6 products|
|hair treatment/serum||6 products|
|makeup primer||5 products|
|eye shadow||4 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||3 products|
|baby toothpaste||3 products|
|tooth whitening||2 products|
|serums & essences||2 products|
|facial cleanser||2 products|
|daily use with SPF||1 products|
|around-eye cream||1 products|
|Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Open scientific literature|
|One or more human case studies show possible immune and respiratory or allergenic effects||Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics|
|Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergies||National Library of Medicine HazMap|
|7387 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Open scientific literature|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- AOEC (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics). 2009. AEOC exposures codes and asthmagen designation.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
- 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. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
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