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SORBIC ACID

Score:

Data: Fair

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  • 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 MODERATE

Products with this Ingredient

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eye shadow138 products
lipstick92 products
eye liner49 products
foundation43 products
facial moisturizer/treatment40 products
bronzer/highlighter39 products
moisturizer29 products
moisturizer with SPF28 products
mascara26 products
lip gloss24 products
conditioner23 products
blush23 products
brow liner23 products
shampoo23 products
mask22 products
facial cleanser17 products
exfoliant/scrub14 products
serums & essences13 products
body wash/cleanser12 products
hand cream11 products
hair styling aide11 products
facial powder10 products
styling gel/lotion9 products
hair treatment/serum9 products
makeup primer7 products
lip balm6 products
beach & sport sunscreen6 products
antiperspirant/deodorant6 products
lip liner5 products
glitter5 products
body firming lotion5 products
BB cream4 products
after shave4 products
anti-aging4 products
around-eye cream4 products
toners/astringents4 products
makeup remover4 products
hair color and bleaching4 products
concealer4 products
shaving cream3 products
shaving cream (men's)2 products
detangler1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
hair relaxer1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
after sun product1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
depilatory1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
beard care1 products
liquid hand soap1 products
baby shampoo1 products
bar soap1 products
hair spray1 products
baby lotion1 products
other eye makeup1 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 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

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
1223 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

Data Sources

  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • 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.
  • 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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