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Calcium Alginate

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Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● ALGINATES, SODIUM, CALCIUM, AND AMMONIUM
● ALGINIC ACID, CALCIUM SALT
● AND AMMONIUM ALGINATES, SODIUM, CALCIUM
● CALCIUM ALGINATE
● CALCIUM AND AMMONIUM ALGINATES, SODIUM
● CALCIUM SALT ALGINIC ACID
● SODIUM CALCIUM AND AMMONIUM ALGINATES

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


Calcium Alginate is a calcium salt of Alginic Acid (q.v.).

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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Products with this Ingredient

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CC cream4 products
serums & essences2 products
daily use with SPF1 products
mask1 products
facial cleanser1 products
around-eye cream1 products

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment 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

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
4043 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

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
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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