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What are the dangers of sodium laureth sulfate?

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Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate, abbreviated as SLS, is a detergent commonly used in personal hygiene products, to act as a foaming agent and emulsifier, states Chemical Land 21. At high concentrations and long exposure times, SLS acts as a skin irritant, warns International Journal of Toxicology.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, as safe for human consumption when added to foods at levels up to 125 parts per million. A widely-circulated Internet hoax claims that SLS is carcinogenic; however, no scientific evidence supports the validity of this claim, according to Snopes.com and LEDA at Harvard Law School.

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