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Propylene glycol (1,2-Propanediol) Alternates

SpecialChem / Vispi Kanga – Nov 4, 2009

FDA has determined propylene glycol to be "GRAS” for use in food, cosmetics, and medicines. However, it has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitization in humans. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of controversy about propylene glycol. One of the reasons for the controversy is because the federal National Toxicology Program, which collects health and safety data on chemicals, call propylene glycol both a skin and eye irritant. Also the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, considers propylene oxide, used to make propylene glycol, a likely carcinogen. Many people immediately associate it with diethylene glycol (DEG) a common (dangerous) ingredient in automotive antifreeze, and assign guilt by association. Others refer to MSDS tests where PG was tested in 100% concentrations. FDA and others, say that their claims are completely unfounded. If one wants to be on the safe side, though, there are alternative ingredients with properties similar or better than Propylene Glycol...

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