• Food shortening
• Chewing Gum
• Ice Cream
• Skin Creams
Let’s see what the Material Safety Data Sheet for polysorbate 80 has to say:
• Slightly flammable to flammable in presence of heat
• Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation.
• May cause adverse reproductive effects based on animal test data. No human data found.
• May cause cancer based on animal test data. No human data found.
• May affect genetic material (mutagenic)
However, it is also listed in the handbook of green chemicals.
Some cosmetic grade Polysorbate 80 may potentially contain ethylene oxide, 1,4-dioxane and mono- and diethylene glycol as impurities, although worryingly these carcinogenic contaminants have also been picked up in food additives.
The report on Skin Deep gives Polysorbate a moderate hazard, with a 3/10 rating, but the contaminants ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane have ratings as a high hazard (8/10 and 10/10).
Generally, the cosmetic grade Polysorbate 80 is more likely to contain these impurities. Some natural cosmetics manufacturers are very careful about the quality that they use, and stick to only the food grade Polysorbate 80.
There are many published studies which analyze Polysorbate 80, but it is important to recognize their limitations before generalizations are made.
This study suggests a link between the ingredient and infertility in mice.
The relative weight of the uterus and ovaries was decreased relative to the untreated controls. ….. Ovaries were without corpora lutea, and had degenerative follicles.
It was seen to accelerate the maturation of female rats and resulted in deformities of the ovary. These effects were demonstrated in newborn mice which were injected with Polysorbate 80. It is certainly a concern when we consider that some vaccines may contain Polysorbate 80.
A separate study suggested that Polysorbate 80 could be a causative agent of a pregnant woman going into anaphylactic shock.
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