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RAPEX RECALL PLATFORM

RAPEX is an information platform between EU national authorities and the European Commission on dangerous product found on the market.
STATISTIC FIGURE
During September and December of Year 2016, there were in total 24 recalled cosmetic products.
Among all, 63% of the recalled cosmetic products were associated with chemical risk. Around 25% were found to have excessive microbial content. The remaining of the recalled cosmetic products were alerted to have Health Risk, or Choking Hazard.

NO. OF RECALLED COSMETIC PRODUCTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING RISK:

Chemical risk: 15 (63%)
Microbiological risk: 6 (25%)
Chemical and Microbiological risk: 1 (4%)
Chemical and Choking risk: 1 (4%)
Health Risk and Others: 1 (4%)



MICROBIOLOGICAL RISK

Various types of cosmetic products, including body/hair rinse-off products, were recalled due to excessive level of detected micro-organism, like Aerobic mesophilic, Enterobacter gergoviae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.


 

CHEMICAL RISK

PHENOL
Phenol was detected in toothpaste, Henna colour and bath products. The use of phenol is prohibited in all kinds of cosmetic products under Annex II in Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009.

METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE (MI) AND METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE (MCI)
A deodorant and two skin care products were found to have Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and Methylchloroisothiazaolinone (MCI). The use of MI/MCI is further restricted and prohibited in leave on product in regulation 1003/2014/EU. Since 16 April 2016, only cosmetic products which comply with the regulation can be made available to the market.

HEALTH RISK

A product claimed with sunscreen function was found to have no UV filter listed in the Cosmetic Regulation, according to the ingredient list, while sun protection can only be obtained by these UV filters.

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Source: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/main/?event=main.listNotification

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