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NGOs and their consumer followings continue the up the ante in the game of product preservation, but the odds are stacked against industry and there often seems to be no winning play. P&G is laying its cards on the table with new web pages detailing the firm’s preservative use across product categories.
European NGOs have been clamoring for a ban on the use of preservative polyaminopropyl biguanide in cosmetics due to its listing under EU regs as potentially carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety can clear such substances as safe for cosmetics use, but prior to the group’s December opinion, it looked as if another preservative could be struck from industry’s toolkit.
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Fourteen cosmetic ingredients are up for first looks by the CIR panel in 2018. Also at its June meeting, the group issued two final ingredient reports and five tentative reports, as well as two insufficient data announcements, and tabled its parabens re-review in order to solicit outside expertise on new DART data.
Chart: Data compiled by "Rose Sheet" from information in CIR reports following the Expert Panel's June 12-13 meeting.
Triclosan eventually may be eliminated entirely from OTC antiseptic drug products through FDA rulemaking, but it's still used in Colgate Total toothpastes to combat gingivitis and in cosmetics where it functions as a preservative. In a newly published paper, the Environmental Working Group and 200 international scientists and medical professionals express concern about the ingredient's use in those categories as well.
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