EU Prohibits Three Preservatives

The EU has prohibited propylparaben, butylparaben, and the mixture of    methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylisothiazolinone (MI). As of April 16, 2015, creams for baby diapers may no longer contain either of the parabens, and skin cream may not contain thiazolinone. The EU wants to minimize the risk of possible allergic reactions.

As early as the start of this year, the EU Commission forbade the use of five parabens (isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, phenylparaben, benzylparaben, and pentylparaben) in cosmetic products. The reason was insufficient data for a reevaluation. Products brought to market after October 30, 2014 must be free of these ingredients.

Nevertheless, Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, emphasized the important function of preservatives in cosmetics. Without these substances, products like creams would be usable for only a short time. The use of preservatives extends shelf life and inhibits the creation of pathogens.

What is clear, however, is that the product safety has priority. Our team will be pleased to advise you. Please also note our new seminar “Raumduft, Rasierer, Reiniger & Co.”

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