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European Commission Restricts Use Of Three Preservatives For Cosmetics

September 26, 2014: 12:00 AM EST

The European Commission adopted two measures restricting the use of preservatives propylparaben, Butylparaben,  and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone in cosmetics. Based on the recommendation by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, the order includes the ban on the use of propylparaben and Butylparaben in leave-on products for children below three years old. Also, the Commission bans the mixture of  Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone from leave-on products, including body creams. According to the order, the preservative may still be used in rinse-off products, such as shampoos and shower gels, but at concentrations not higher than 0.0015 percent of a mixture in 3:1 ratio of MCI/MI.

"Consumers: Commission improves safety of cosmetics", Europa.eu, September 26, 2014, © European Commission
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