NDMA is an organic chemical compound that has been labeled as a probable human carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
NDMA is found in a variety of products ranging from lubricants and softeners to rocket fuel.
NDMA can be produced through chemical reactions that occur in the manufacturing process.
NDMA is the byproduct of the manufacturing of certain pesticides, fish processing, and the production of rubber tires.
NDMA can also be found naturally, in trace amounts in certain foods. NDMA is released in these foods through chemical reactions during the food preparation process. For example, NDMA can be produced by grilling, browning, and salting certain meats.
Studies on animals have shown NDMA to be a carcinogen, causing cancerous tumors to form on the liver, kidney, and respiratory tract. Liver cancer, gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, and nasal cancer have all been associated with NDMA, but it appears to be a universal carcinogen, meaning it has the potential to cause cancer in almost all organs. For these reasons, NDMA has been labeled a probable human carcinogen.
NMDA exposure has also been associated with non-cancerous liver damage, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.