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Other ConcernsNon-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Sorbic acid is a naturally occuring and synthetically produced compound used as a preservative.
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MODERATEAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|lip gloss||104 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||71 products|
|eye shadow||67 products|
|hair styling aide||50 products|
|facial cleanser||49 products|
|hair treatment/serum||49 products|
|eye liner||48 products|
|body wash/cleanser||38 products|
|serums & essences||31 products|
|styling gel/lotion||29 products|
|around-eye cream||29 products|
|liquid hand soap||17 products|
|nail polish||15 products|
|brow liner||13 products|
|facial powder||13 products|
|makeup primer||13 products|
|daily use with SPF||13 products|
|lip balm||12 products|
|makeup remover||11 products|
|recreational sunscreen||11 products|
|lip liner||9 products|
|hand cream||9 products|
|hair spray||9 products|
|setting powder/spray||8 products|
|after shave||7 products|
|body firming lotion||7 products|
|styling mousse/foam||6 products|
|baby toothpaste||6 products|
|baby shampoo||5 products|
|bubble bath||5 products|
|after sun product||4 products|
|bar soap||4 products|
|hand sanitizer||4 products|
|baby lotion||4 products|
|shaving cream||4 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||4 products|
|hair color and bleaching||4 products|
|baby wipes||4 products|
|sunless tanning||3 products|
|BB cream||3 products|
|baby soap||3 products|
|lip balm with SPF||2 products|
|facial cleansing wipes||2 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||1 products|
|foot moisturizer||1 products|
|skin fading/lightener||1 products|
|other eye makeup||1 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||1 products|
|beard care||1 products|
|beard cleanser||1 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||1 products|
|body spray||1 products|
|lip plumper||1 products|
|body cleansing wipes||1 products|
|Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Limited evidence of sense organ toxicity||Scorecard.org Toxicity Information|
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|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 product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|1223 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic 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) 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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