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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, and 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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foundation619 products
shampoo448 products
conditioner412 products
facial moisturizer/treatment403 products
moisturizer341 products
body wash/cleanser287 products
facial cleanser273 products
concealer265 products
mask255 products
serums & essences250 products
liquid hand soap202 products
mascara197 products
hair treatment/serum187 products
eye shadow178 products
around-eye cream140 products
toners/astringents123 products
exfoliant/scrub117 products
daily use with SPF109 products
hair styling aide99 products
eye liner96 products
hand cream89 products
brow liner80 products
makeup primer74 products
bronzer/highlighter73 products
recreational sunscreen69 products
blush68 products
makeup remover65 products
sunless tanning64 products
lipstick63 products
setting powder/spray62 products
hair color and bleaching59 products
toothpaste50 products
BB cream49 products
styling gel/lotion47 products
bubble bath47 products
baby wipes45 products
body firming lotion43 products
lip gloss43 products
baby shampoo39 products
34 products
mouthwash33 products
baby soap33 products
anti-aging29 products
facial powder28 products
shaving cream28 products
CC cream28 products
body spray25 products
antiperspirant/deodorant25 products
detangler24 products
hand sanitizer20 products
baby lotion20 products
glitter20 products
after sun product19 products
after shave18 products
baby toothpaste16 products
beard care15 products
styling mousse/foam14 products
hair spray14 products
bath oil/salts/soak13 products
baby bubble bath13 products
shaving cream (men's)11 products
baby sunscreen11 products
foot moisturizer10 products
hair-loss treatment8 products
skin fading/lightener8 products
lip balm8 products
eye makeup remover8 products
nail treatment7 products
body oil7 products
bar soap6 products
muscle/joint soreness5 products
nail polish5 products
tooth whitening5 products
oil controller5 products
other eye makeup5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)4 products
beard cleanser4 products
fragrance for women3 products
tanning oil3 products
foot odor control3 products
polish remover3 products
eyelash glue3 products
diaper cream2 products
baby oil2 products
lip balm with SPF2 products
cuticle treatment1 products
depilatory1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
pore strips1 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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Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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

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
  • 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). 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.

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