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TALC

Score:

Data: Good

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  • Synonyms
  • Use restrictions (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Contamination concerns (high)

Cancer

Cancer concern is HIGH

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Products with this Ingredient

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eye shadow642 products
foundation388 products
bronzer/highlighter227 products
facial powder208 products
lipstick184 products
blush170 products
eye liner86 products
brow liner84 products
concealer78 products
makeup primer44 products
antiperspirant/deodorant42 products
mascara24 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)22 products
mask19 products
moisturizer with SPF18 products
lip balm15 products
BB cream12 products
lip liner12 products
around-eye cream10 products
hair color and bleaching9 products
glitter8 products
CC cream8 products
facial cleanser7 products
exfoliant/scrub6 products
diaper cream5 products
beach & sport sunscreen5 products
serums & essences4 products
lip gloss4 products
hair styling aide3 products
bar soap3 products
nail polish3 products
other eye makeup3 products
shampoo3 products
nail treatment2 products
facial moisturizer/treatment2 products
fragrance for women2 products
body powder1 products
foot odor control1 products
makeup with SPF1 products
anti-aging1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
liquid hand soap1 products
oil controller1 products
depilatory1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
eyelash glue1 products

Contamination concerns

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Cancer

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Concern Reference
Talc is routinely contaminated with asbestos, a known human carcinogen, according to testing by the US FDA.US. Food and Drug Administration. 2020. Talc. Accessed at https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/talc, June 17, 2020.

Use restrictions

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Concern Reference
Violation of government restrictions - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - anyCosIng
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Use is restricted in Canadian cosmeticsCanada - Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetics Ingredients
Use is restricted in Canadian cosmetics.Health Canada 2011. List of Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients. Canada

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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Concern Reference
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Limited evidence of respiratory toxicityA Relational Database of Hazardous Chemicals and Occupational Diseases Browse Haz-Map by Adverse Effects http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/hazmapadv.html, Klaassen, C., M. Amdur and J. Doull (eds.). Casarett and Doull

Data gaps

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Concern Reference
23653 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 - anyFinal report 03/2013 available from CIR

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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Concern Reference
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data Sources

  • US. Food and Drug Administration. 2020. Talc. Accessed at https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/talc, June 17, 2020.
  • European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
  • Health Canada. 2007. List of Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients. Canada's Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. March 2007.
  • Health Canada 2011. List of Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients. Canada
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • A Relational Database of Hazardous Chemicals and Occupational Diseases Browse Haz-Map by Adverse Effects http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/hazmapadv.html, Klaassen, C., M. Amdur and J. Doull (eds.). Casarett and Doull
  • 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.
  • Final report 03/2013 available from CIR

About this Ingredient's Score Range

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.

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