Filed under: Environment/Ecology, EU Information | Tags: Cosmetics, endocrine disrupters, Environmental
Concerns have been raised over the levels of triclosan, an antibacterial agent, in many common brands of toothpaste. A question in the European Parliament from the Romanian MEP Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu (see p391) has highlighted this issue following a move in Denmark to ban toothpastes containing triclosan. The response from the European Commission stated that the permitted maximum level of triclosan in toothpaste of 0.3% is safe.
This limit may well be reduced to 0.2% under the Cosmetics Directive in the future. However, the levels of triclosan in cosmetic products (toothpastes, handwashes, etc) in the UL has already given rise to significant concern, as things currently stand over 450 water bodies in the UK could be in breach of Water Framework Directive (WFD) environmental quality standards (EQS) for triclosan, and these need to be reduced. This was the subject of a presentation from Richard Hawkins of the Environment Agency at a recent meeting of the UK Chemicals Stakeholders Forum (UKCSF). Triclosan is considered to be an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC), and so this story may keep going for some time.
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