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Xanthan Gum

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SYNONYMS

● CORN SUGAR GUM
● POLYSACCHARIDE B 1459
● XANTHAN
● XANTHAN GUM

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, a sugar-based polymer produced by bacteria; it is used as a viscosity agent in personal care products and foods.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    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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facial moisturizer/treatment825 products
mask652 products
moisturizer559 products
serums & essences547 products
foundation334 products
facial cleanser332 products
toothpaste327 products
recreational sunscreen245 products
daily use with SPF234 products
around-eye cream222 products
hand cream174 products
body wash/cleanser172 products
exfoliant/scrub161 products
mascara148 products
concealer135 products
shampoo119 products
brow liner102 products
eye liner91 products
hair treatment/serum80 products
eye shadow70 products
baby lotion70 products
anti-aging69 products
blush63 products
makeup primer62 products
bronzer/highlighter55 products
hair color and bleaching52 products
toners/astringents49 products
sunless tanning46 products
BB cream45 products
conditioner44 products
body firming lotion43 products
baby wipes40 products
hair styling aide35 products
liquid hand soap33 products
antiperspirant/deodorant30 products
baby shampoo28 products
baby soap26 products
lipstick25 products
styling gel/lotion24 products
lip gloss22 products
foot moisturizer20 products
after shave20 products
after sun product20 products
skin fading/lightener19 products
baby sunscreen19 products
19 products
makeup remover18 products
baby toothpaste17 products
lip balm15 products
muscle/joint soreness14 products
tooth whitening12 products
nail polish9 products
baby bubble bath9 products
bath oil/salts/soak9 products
beard cleanser8 products
bar soap7 products
shaving cream6 products
bubble bath6 products
body oil6 products
CC cream6 products
eyelash glue6 products
damaged skin treatment6 products
tanning oil6 products
nail treatment5 products
shaving cream (men's)5 products
hair spray5 products
hand sanitizer5 products
setting powder/spray5 products
mouthwash4 products
lip plumper4 products
beard care4 products
body cleansing wipes4 products
cuticle treatment3 products
fragrance for women3 products
diaper cream3 products
styling mousse/foam3 products
detangler3 products
other eye makeup3 products
body spray3 products
foot odor control3 products
makeup removing wipes3 products
foot cleansing2 products
oil controller2 products
hair-loss treatment2 products
eye makeup remover1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
pore strips1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
facial cleansing wipes1 products

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
1095 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

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyOpen scientific literature
  • 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.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED® mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

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