European Commission's Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety to look, again, at parabens

Despite ongoing consumer and industry concern (many companies have already voluntarily withdrawn the chemicals from their products) the SCCS have continued to class parabens as safe as long a the 'sum of their individual concentrations did not exceed 0.19% of a product'.

However, under pressure from Denmark, who have banned propylparaben and butylparaben from cosmetics for children under three, the committee have now decided to reconsider whether its original opinion needs to be updated.

Parabens have long been used as preservatives in personal care products but are now widely accepted to have endocrine disrupting properties and therefore to be unsuitable for use on the skin, especially the skins of children.

Courtesy of CosmeticsDesignEurope

November 2012

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