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Parliamentary questions
15 October 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)

 Subject:  UV filters entering the food chain

Swiss and Italian researchers have recently investigated sun creams to understand the extent of environmental damage caused when they enter water.

UV filters are transferred directly from the body to the environment and, according to recent studies, the concentration in water does not reach worrying levels. In the sea, it is approximately 100 ng/l. The problem in reality is that sunscreen residues accumulate in marine organisms and, once absorbed into fish tissues, could be returned to our bodies when we eat them.

Furthermore, the chemical filter concentrations contained in sunscreen must not exceed 10 per cent according to the EU Directive on cosmetics.

Therefore, we ask:
1. Is the Commission aware of these studies?
2. The risk of UV filters accumulating in the human food chain after the chemical agents circulate in water could further researched in Europe. Will the Commission promote such studies?
3. What will the Commission do to guarantee that manufacturers comply with the chemical filter levels in these creams?
Original language of question: ITOJ C 301 E, 17/10/2013
Last updated: 4 December 2012Legal notice