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SODIUM BENZOATE

Score:

Data: Fair

  • Other Concerns
  • Functions
  • About the Chemical
  • Synonyms
  • Use restrictions (moderate) and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo378 products
body wash/cleanser280 products
conditioner233 products
facial moisturizer/treatment148 products
facial cleanser134 products
foundation132 products
liquid hand soap117 products
moisturizer113 products
serums & essences96 products
mask91 products
moisturizer with SPF80 products
exfoliant/scrub57 products
mouthwash52 products
makeup remover49 products
baby shampoo45 products
baby wipes40 products
around-eye cream37 products
baby soap37 products
toners/astringents37 products
hair treatment/serum34 products
beach & sport sunscreen29 products
concealer29 products
body firming lotion25 products
hair color and bleaching24 products
makeup primer24 products
mascara24 products
hand cream21 products
toothpaste19 products
antiperspirant/deodorant19 products
hair styling aide16 products
CC cream16 products
bronzer/highlighter16 products
baby lotion15 products
sunless tanning14 products
shaving cream14 products
bubble bath13 products
lip gloss12 products
styling gel/lotion12 products
lip balm12 products
bath oil/salts/soak11 products
lipstick11 products
anti-aging11 products
baby bubble bath11 products
eye liner10 products
after sun product8 products
body spray8 products
hair spray8 products
detangler8 products
styling mousse/foam7 products
brow liner7 products
lip liner6 products
eye makeup remover6 products
blush6 products
BB cream6 products
bar soap6 products
facial powder5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)5 products
diaper cream4 products
after shave3 products
muscle/joint soreness3 products
foot moisturizer3 products
beard care2 products
baby toothpaste2 products
shaving cream (men's)2 products
hand sanitizer2 products
oil controller2 products
tooth whitening2 products
other eye makeup2 products
baby sunscreen1 products
fragrance for men1 products
cuticle treatment1 products
baby oil1 products
polish remover1 products
beard oil1 products
nail treatment1 products
fragrance for women1 products
body oil1 products
hair relaxer1 products
lip plumper1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
vapor rubs1 products
beard cleanser1 products
eye shadow1 products
nail polish1 products

Use restrictions

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Concern Reference
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in cosmetics (concentration limit)Japan's Standards for Cosmetics
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsIJT 20(S3):23-50, 2001 reopened 06/10

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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Concern Reference
Limited evidence of sense organ toxicityHarvell, J, M. Bason and H. Maibach. Contact Urticaria and its Mechanisms. Food Chemistry and Toxicology 32(2): 103-112. 1994. (Table 2: Substances identified as capable of causing contact urticaria).
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment 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 productIJT 20(S3):23-50, 2001 reopened 06/10
Insufficient data to determine safetyEPA (US Environmental Protection Agency). Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). Evidence for human carcinogenicity based on 1986 guidelines.
1089 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Cancer

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Concern Reference
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsEPA (US Environmental Protection Agency). Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). Evidence for human carcinogenicity based on 1986 guidelines.

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

Data Sources

  • Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 2006. Standards for Cosmetics. Evaluation and Licensing Division. Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau.
  • IJT 20(S3):23-50, 2001 reopened 06/10
  • Harvell, J, M. Bason and H. Maibach. Contact Urticaria and its Mechanisms. Food Chemistry and Toxicology 32(2): 103-112. 1994. (Table 2: Substances identified as capable of causing contact urticaria).
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency). Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). Evidence for human carcinogenicity based on 1986 guidelines.
  • 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.
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.

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