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Potassium Sorbate

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Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

SYNONYMS

● 2,4-HEXADIENOIC ACID, POTASSIUM SALT
● 2,4HEXADIENOIC ACID, POTASSIUM SALT
● POTASSIUM SALT 2,4-HEXADIENOIC ACID
● POTASSIUM SORBATE

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Potassium sorbate is a potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occuringantimicrobial compound; used as a preservative

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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foundation681 products
shampoo584 products
conditioner500 products
facial moisturizer/treatment429 products
moisturizer379 products
body wash/cleanser346 products
serums & essences315 products
hair treatment/serum264 products
facial cleanser262 products
concealer262 products
mask242 products
liquid hand soap218 products
eye shadow214 products
hair styling aide188 products
around-eye cream171 products
mascara160 products
daily use with SPF157 products
exfoliant/scrub122 products
brow liner120 products
toners/astringents113 products
hand cream89 products
eye liner85 products
makeup primer80 products
styling gel/lotion79 products
bronzer/highlighter72 products
hair color and bleaching72 products
setting powder/spray65 products
sunless tanning63 products
BB cream62 products
blush61 products
lipstick60 products
toothpaste58 products
makeup remover53 products
hair spray42 products
baby wipes41 products
baby shampoo39 products
recreational sunscreen38 products
bubble bath36 products
baby soap34 products
anti-aging33 products
antiperspirant/deodorant33 products
styling mousse/foam31 products
detangler31 products
hand sanitizer30 products
body firming lotion30 products
shaving cream29 products
mouthwash26 products
facial powder26 products
body spray26 products
baby lotion22 products
body cleansing wipes20 products
after sun product17 products
lip balm16 products
facial cleansing wipes16 products
glitter16 products
nail polish15 products
bath oil/salts/soak13 products
after shave13 products
12 products
skin fading/lightener11 products
shaving cream (men's)11 products
baby bubble bath10 products
baby toothpaste10 products
lip gloss10 products
hair-loss treatment9 products
bar soap9 products
other eye makeup9 products
fragrance for women8 products
body oil8 products
beard care8 products
beard cleanser8 products
foot moisturizer7 products
tanning oil7 products
CC cream6 products
nail treatment5 products
lip plumper5 products
baby sunscreen5 products
muscle/joint soreness4 products
tooth whitening4 products
depilatory4 products
eye makeup remover4 products
eyelash glue4 products
fragrance for men3 products
pore strips3 products
polish remover3 products
lip balm with SPF3 products
makeup removing wipes3 products
diaper cream2 products
oil controller2 products
cuticle treatment1 products
hair relaxer1 products
baby oil1 products
body art1 products
exfoliant/scrub - large particle1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of sense organ toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
356 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 Food Additive Status
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 - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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