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Xanthan Gum

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SYNONYMS

CORN SUGAR GUM, POLYSACCHARIDE B 1459, XANTHAN, and XANTHAN GUM

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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/treatment798 products
mask682 products
moisturizer582 products
serums & essences546 products
foundation470 products
facial cleanser342 products
toothpaste317 products
daily use with SPF301 products
recreational sunscreen264 products
around-eye cream228 products
hand cream180 products
exfoliant/scrub166 products
body wash/cleanser149 products
concealer138 products
shampoo121 products
mascara120 products
eye liner100 products
baby lotion85 products
eye shadow77 products
brow liner72 products
hair treatment/serum66 products
body firming lotion65 products
makeup primer65 products
blush56 products
anti-aging52 products
bronzer/highlighter51 products
toners/astringents50 products
BB cream48 products
conditioner47 products
44 products
sunless tanning39 products
hair styling aide34 products
foot moisturizer29 products
baby soap28 products
makeup remover27 products
styling gel/lotion27 products
baby wipes27 products
baby shampoo27 products
lipstick27 products
antiperspirant/deodorant26 products
liquid hand soap25 products
baby sunscreen25 products
baby bubble bath23 products
hair color and bleaching22 products
after sun product21 products
muscle/joint soreness20 products
baby toothpaste20 products
after shave17 products
skin fading/lightener16 products
tooth whitening13 products
bubble bath13 products
lip gloss13 products
bath oil/salts/soak12 products
lip balm9 products
beard cleanser9 products
CC cream8 products
setting powder/spray8 products
hand sanitizer7 products
detangler7 products
shaving cream (men's)6 products
bar soap6 products
hair spray6 products
shaving cream5 products
diaper cream4 products
body oil4 products
lip plumper4 products
tanning oil4 products
beard care4 products
foot cleansing3 products
nail treatment2 products
mouthwash2 products
oil controller2 products
cuticle treatment2 products
nail polish2 products
styling mousse/foam2 products
eyelash glue2 products
damaged skin treatment2 products
eye makeup remover1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
other eye makeup1 products
glitter1 products
body spray1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
depilatory1 products

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

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

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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.

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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