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Butylated hydroxyanisole raises a high level of health concern and is of regulatory concern because:

  • This ingredient is authoritatively recognized to cause cancer, according to the State of California (Proposition 65).
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing skin or sense organ toxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing immunotoxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing endocrine-disrupting effects, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing endocrine-disrupting effects, according to Our Stolen Future (www.ourstolenfuture.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing cancer, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program.
  • Indicates whether an ingredient in this product is suspected of causing cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Includes any Group 1 (carcinogenic to humans), group 2A (probably carcinogenic to humans), and group 2B (possibly carcinogenic to humans) chemicals that are not yet recognized by the State of California to cause cancer.
  • This ingredient meets the criteria used to identify Substance of Very High Concern in the European Union's REACH program and is being prioritized for replacement by safer alternatives.

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From Wikipedia

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is an antioxidant consisting of a mixture of two isomeric organic compounds, 2-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole and 3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole. It is prepared from 4-methoxyphenol and isobutylene. It is a waxy solid used in certain amounts as a food additive with the E number E320. The primary use for BHA is as an antioxidant and preservative in food, food packaging, animal feed, and cosmetics, and in rubber and petroleum products.[3] BHA also is commonly used in medicines, such as isotretinoin (known as Accutane/Roaccutane), lovastatin, and simvastatin, among others....

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