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Parliamentary questions
5 June 2012
E-005634/2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)

 Subject: Aluminium-based additives in deodorants
 Answer(s) 

The French health products safety agency (Afssaps) has issued a new warning about the danger of aluminium-based additives contained in deodorants for personal hygiene, which, if used repeatedly, damage nerves, the development of the nervous system and the bone structure, in addition to causing anaemia.

The aluminium derivates used in these products act to inhibit perspiration and are absorbed by the human body through the skin.

According to Afssaps, the percentage of aluminium which would allow these products to be declared safe is 0.6 %. However, of the 14 products tested by it, as many as six had higher percentages (up to 1.2 %).

1. Is the Commission aware of this study?

2. Will the Commission further study the risks of aluminium-based components in personal hygiene products?

3. How does it intend to act to further protect citizens’ health?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 174 E, 20/06/2013
Last updated: 19 June 2012Legal notice