What is it?
Propyl gallate is a preservative. They are used in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries as an antioxidant to prevent oils and fats from becoming rancid. 

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with Propyl gallate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Propyl gallate should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

  • Foods 
    • Candies 
    • Cereals, including oats 
    • Chewing gum 
    • Cocoa products, including imitations and chocolate substitutes 
    • Cooked pasta and noodles
    • Dairy-based desserts (pudding and flavored yoghurt) 
    • Dried milk 
    • Dried vegetables 
    • Egg-based desserts (custard) 
    • Frozen meals 
    • Herbs, spices, seasonings, and condiments 
    • Lard 
    • Margarine 
    • Mayonnaise
    • Meat products
    • Microwaveable popcorn 
    • Mixes 
    • Peanut butter 
    • Potato sticks 
    • Processed nuts 
    • Rice and tapioca pudding 
    • Sausage 
    • Snack foods 
    • Soup 
    • Vegetable oils 
    • Vitamins 
    • Water-based flavored drinks including “Sport and Energy” drinks 
    • Whole, broken, or flaked grain, including rice
  • Adhesives 
  • Lubricants 
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics 
    • Soaps / Cleansers 
    • Shampoos / Conditioners 
    • Moisturizers/lotions 
    • Make-ups, including lipsticks 
    • Toothpaste
  • Fats, oils, waxes 
  • Pesticides 
  • Medicines 
  • Transformer oils 
  • Dog foods
Other names for Propyl Gallate:
  • Other gallate esters
  • Propyl 3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoate
  • E310 (food additive)
  • Gallic acid 
  • N-propyl gallate

How safe is it?

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