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Parliamentary questions
21 November 2013
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Béla Kovács (NI)

 Subject:  Allergens in baby toiletries

Numerous substances can be easily absorbed through the skin. This is the principle on which medicinal plasters are based, but this also causes a large proportion of allergic skin reactions.

Substances registered as allergens include, for instance, soya and gluten, which also need to be mentioned separately on food packaging.

At the same time, these substances are occurring in combination with many other allergens in baby toiletries, such as baby bath washes and talcum powders, thereby triggering in all likelihood a lifelong allergy in babies susceptible to this.

How is it possible that, in the case of toiletries, especially baby toiletries, allergens do not need to be highlighted separately on the packaging?

How is it possible at all for these substances never used before to end up in products intended for babies?

Original language of question: HUOJ C 237, 22/07/2014
Last updated: 5 December 2013Legal notice