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Data: Limited

Peg 50 Shea Butter

Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low) and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

PEG-50 SHEA BUTTER, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 4000 SHEA BUTTER, and POLYOXYETHYLENE (50) SHEA BUTTER

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


PEG-50 Shea Butter is a polyethylene glycol derivative of Butyrospermum Parkii (SheaButter) (q.v.) with an average of 50 moles of ethylene oxide.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

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Contamination concerns

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Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of sense organ toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
0 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • 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.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

Understanding scores

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HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

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Data availability

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