Solvent Violet 13

Learn about Solvent Violet 13.

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About Solvent Violet 13

Solvent Violet 13 is a chemical that is used as a dye. It does not occur naturally. It may be found in products such as:

  • candles
  • cosmetics
  • pet shampoos
  • food packaging

The substance is:

  • also known as Disperse Blue 72, Violet 2 or CI 60725
  • part of a group of chemicals called anthraquinones

Safety of Solvent Violet 13

Under Canada's Chemicals Management Plan, we review and manage the potential risks that chemical substances can pose to Canadians and the environment. We have recently completed our final chemical risk assessment for Solvent Violet 13.

Our assessment found that certain products containing Solvent Violet 13 may pose a risk to your health. These products are:

  • face paints
  • body cream
  • spray perfume
  • lipsticks/lip balms
  • permanent hair dyes

Using these products every day may:

  • increase your risk of cancer
  • lead to toxic effects in the kidneys, liver, spleen or bones

The assessment has also found that Solvent Violet 13:

  • is not harmful to the environment

What we're doing

To reduce your exposure to this chemical, we're proposing to add Solvent Violet 13 to the:

We will continue to track new information on this chemical and other substances found in the anthraquinones group.

What you can do

Consumers are reminded to:

  • read product labels and follow all safety warnings and directions on product labels
    • labels on cosmetics must list all ingredients.
    • Solvent Violet 13 may also be listed as Violet 2 or CI 60725 on cosmetic labels.
  • follow the manufacturer's directions to dispose of the product safely
  • contact the manufacturer to check if your product contains Solvent Violet 13

If you're exposed to Solvent Violet 13 at work, talk to your employer and occupational health and safety (OHS) official about:

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