EU calls for comments on dangers of cosmetics products that look like food

By Katie Bird

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Related tags: Personal care products, Sccs

The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety is calling for more information on the possible dangers posed by personal care products that look like food and could be accidentally ingested.

A draft report has been published by the committee which explores non-food products that could resemble food (including cosmetics, personal care products and household chemicals), or are appealing to children, and the dangers they could pose if accidentally ingested.

Due to significantly different approaches to consumer safety in the member states, the Commission has called upon the SCCS to investigate the issue in an attempt to move towards a harmonised system.

Although the SCCS said it is difficult to analyse to what extent cosmetics and personal care products will appeal to children, a number of characteristics were highlighted.

Sweet odour and colourful packaging

A sweet odour and taste, packaging shape and colour and product imagery were all highlighted as characteristics that could affect the likelihood a child might accidentally ingest the product.

It also noted the use of bittering agents within the product in an attempt to fight against accidental ingestion but said it was difficult to estimate the effect of this in real situations.

The SCCS draft opinion has also underlined some of the qualities that could make a product dangerous if ingested such as the surfactant quantity and pH.

Although the SCCS has concluded that the majority of accidental ingestions reported in children are not serious, it is calling for comments on the opinion from industry and interested parties about the subject.

The draft opinion can be accessed here​ and is open to comments until February 11 2011.

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