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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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foundation703 products
shampoo595 products
conditioner526 products
facial moisturizer/treatment449 products
moisturizer385 products
body wash/cleanser354 products
serums & essences335 products
hair treatment/serum276 products
facial cleanser274 products
concealer265 products
mask252 products
liquid hand soap227 products
eye shadow226 products
hair styling aide189 products
around-eye cream181 products
mascara179 products
daily use with SPF151 products
exfoliant/scrub132 products
toners/astringents124 products
brow liner120 products
hand cream92 products
eye liner85 products
makeup primer82 products
styling gel/lotion78 products
bronzer/highlighter72 products
lipstick68 products
hair color and bleaching68 products
setting powder/spray68 products
sunless tanning66 products
BB cream63 products
blush61 products
toothpaste60 products
makeup remover57 products
baby wipes42 products
hair spray41 products
recreational sunscreen41 products
baby shampoo40 products
bubble bath37 products
antiperspirant/deodorant36 products
anti-aging35 products
baby soap34 products
body spray33 products
hand sanitizer32 products
styling mousse/foam30 products
detangler30 products
body firming lotion28 products
shaving cream27 products
facial powder26 products
mouthwash24 products
baby lotion22 products
after sun product19 products
baby toothpaste16 products
lip balm16 products
facial cleansing wipes16 products
glitter16 products
nail polish15 products
body cleansing wipes14 products
after shave13 products
bath oil/salts/soak12 products
skin fading/lightener11 products
shaving cream (men's)11 products
11 products
baby bubble bath10 products
lip gloss10 products
beard care10 products
hair-loss treatment9 products
bar soap9 products
other eye makeup9 products
fragrance for women8 products
body oil8 products
beard cleanser8 products
tanning oil7 products
foot moisturizer6 products
nail treatment6 products
CC cream6 products
baby sunscreen6 products
tooth whitening5 products
lip plumper5 products
muscle/joint soreness4 products
depilatory4 products
eye makeup remover4 products
pore strips4 products
eyelash glue4 products
fragrance for men3 products
lip balm with SPF3 products
diaper cream2 products
oil controller2 products
makeup removing wipes2 products
cuticle treatment1 products
hair relaxer1 products
baby oil1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
polish remover1 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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