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Acrylates copolymer carcinogenic concern warrants risk assessment, panel concludes.

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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ACRYLATES COPOLYMER CARCINOGENICITY CONCERN WARRANTS RISK ASSESSMENT, CIR concluded after reviewing new data submitted on the 34-chemical ingredient family at the panel's May 19 meeting in Washington, D.C. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel looked at two new studies that found a monomer, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, contained in the acrylate VA copolymer had a "clearly carcinogenic effect" in mice treated with the monomer throughout their lifetimes. Based on these findings, the group tabled its ruling on the safety of the acrylates copolymer family and recommended a risk assessment be performed. The ingredients, found in 49y formulations, are used as binders and film formers in products such as lipstick, face powder and nail enamel.

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