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Data: Fair

Tetrasodium Edta

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Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption, Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Occupational hazards (high)

SYNONYMS

EDETATE SODIUM, ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID TETRASODIUM SALT, GLYCINE, N,N 1,2ETHANEDIYLBIS[N(CARBOXYMETHYL), TETRASODIUM SALT, GLYCINE, N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-, TETRASODIUM SALT, N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDIYL BIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)GLYCINE, TETRASODIUM SALT, N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)- TETRASODIUM SALT GLYCINE, N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)GLYCINE], TETRASODIUM SALT, SODIUM EDETATE, TETRASODIUM EDE TATE TETRAHYDRATE, TETRASODIUM EDETATE, TETRASODIUM EDETATE DIHYDRATE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, TETRASODIUM EDTA; TETRASODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETATE, TETRASODIUM ETHYLENE DIAMINE TETRAACETATE, TETRASODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETATE, TETRASODIUM SALT GLYCINE, N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-, and TETRASODIUM SALT N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)GLYCINE]

EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is a chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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liquid hand soap291 products
foundation236 products
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baby soap18 products
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Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Penetration enhancerCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Occupational hazards

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to low dosesCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of eye toxicityCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling
Classified as expected to be 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
3889 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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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
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
  • 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.

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