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Parliamentary questions
11 September 2013
E-010098-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Nuno Melo (PPE)

 Subject:  Cosmetics and cleaning products may be responsible for skin allergies
 Answer(s) 

The preservative Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) is stable and non-toxic; however, stronger concentrations are now being used in cosmetics — shampoos, moisturisers, shower gels, make-up, baby wipes — and also cleaning products.

Dermatologists have stated that higher concentrations of MIT are increasing and aggravating allergies.

Previously, MIT was mixed with other preservatives, so its concentration was relatively low. However, as these other chemicals have been phased out due to their own tendencies to cause skin allergies, MIT has become an isolated chemical.

1. Is the Commission aware of this situation?

2. What measures will it take to prevent the increase of MIT concentrations in cosmetics and cleaning products, and which are responsible for a growing number of skin allergies?

Original language of question: PTOJ C 197, 26/06/2014
Last updated: 27 September 2013Legal notice