Other ConcernsNon-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate) and Ecotoxicology (low)
SYNONYMSALUM, POTASSIUM, ALUMINUM POTASSIUM SALT (2:1:1) DODECAHYDRATE SULFURIC ACID, ALUMINUM POTASSIUM SULFATE, DODECAHYDRATE SULFURIC ACID, ALUMINUM POTASSIUM SALT (2:1:1), EXSICCATED ALUM, POTASSIUM ALUM, POTASSIUM ALUMINUM SULFATE, and SULFURIC ACID, ALUMINUM POTASSIUM SALT (2:1:1), DODECAHYDRATE
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Potassium Alum is an inorganic salt. In the United States, Potassium Alum may be used as an active ingredient in OTC drug products. When used as an active drug ingredient, the established name for Potassium Alum is Alum, Potassium.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Cancer - limited evidence||Open scientific literature|
|One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses||Open scientific literature|
|Not likely to be carcinogenic in humans||Open scientific literature|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
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|
|62 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- 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.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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