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Lithium salts of monocarboxylic acid C14-C22 are not considered to bioaccumulate. The substances in the category consist of an inorganic lithium cation and an organic fatty acid anion. As the fatty acid components are either natural or chemically indistinguishable from natural substances with a long history of safe use in foods, only data on the bioaccumulation potential of the lithium component are presented here. With a BCF of around 8 L/kg in freshwater fish, lithium has a low potential for bioaccumulation in the environment.