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Parliamentary questions
27 September 2013
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Christel Schaldemose (S&D)

 Subject:  Aluminium in cosmetic products

A Norwegian study shows that Norwegians are exposed to too much aluminium in their everyday lives, and that a large proportion of this comes from deodorants. The main conclusion of the study is that daily use of antiperspirants is very likely to result in an aluminium exposure that exceeds the tolerable weekly intake (established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2008). There are therefore also grounds to believe that this may be the case for other nations in Europe, including EU Member States.

The consequences of this may be serious. If aluminium accumulates in the body over a long period of time it can result in diseases of the brain, and it can affect a person’s ability to have healthy children. Aluminium can also cause allergies in the event of vaccination with a vaccine that contains aluminium, which means that there is a risk of the person in question subsequently being unable to tolerate sun creams and deodorants, for example, containing even very small quantities of aluminium.

EFSA has set a limit for what our weekly intake of aluminium ought to be. In other words, it is currently up to consumers themselves to ensure that they do not exceed the recommended maximum intake of aluminium, to which they are exposed through food, cosmetic products and medicinal products.

Should it remain the responsibility of consumers themselves to ensure that they are not exposed to greater quantities of aluminium than is recommended?

How much progress has the Commission made in connection with the task of looking more closely at aluminium in cosmetic products and with its assessment of whether the aluminium content should be limited?

What initiatives might be considered to attempt to protect consumers against exposure to too much aluminium in cosmetic products, for example?

Original language of question: DAOJ C 208, 03/07/2014
Last updated: 14 October 2013Legal notice