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Database of Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Reviews

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Methyl Paraben

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Report No.:  8
Type of Conclusion:  1
ID Code:  99-76-3
Year:  1972
CFR Section:  184.1490
SCOGS Opinion:  The available information reveals that there are no short-term toxicological consequences in the rat, rabbit, cat, dog, or man and no long-term toxicological consequences in rats, of consuming the parabens in amounts greatly exceeding those currently consumed in the normal diet of the U.S. population. There is no evidence that consumption of the parabens as food ingredients has had an adverse effect on man in the 40 years they have been so used in the United States. In the light of the foregoing, the Select Committee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on the two parabens, methyl and proyl p-hydroxy-benzoic acid, that demonstrates a hazard to the public when they are used at levels that are now current or that might reasonably be expected in future.