The consumer association UFC-Que Choisir has conducted tests on 66 cosmetic and hygiene products. And their results show the presence of substances considered hazardous to health.
They are also in hygiene and beauty products. Investigations had revealed the presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in children's toys, food packaging or cleaning products. This time, the UFC-Que Choisir found them in health and beauty products as preservatives, sunscreens, antibacterial and emollients.
This discovery comes as the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme consider endocrine disruptors as a global health threat, in particular because of the impact on fertility or disorders behavioral.
Sometimes doses above recommendations
The UFC-Que Choisir has conducted tests on 66 cosmetic and hygiene products. Results? On Colgate Total, the measurements reveal a triclosan content of 2.09 g / kg which would be likely to affect the thyroid. The consumer association emphasizes that "this dose is too high especially combined with a deodorant containing triclosan also because it creates a significant risk."
As for the shower gel Level "Water lily & oil", propylparaben was found at a grade of 2.68 g / kg. The UFC said that "the recommendation of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety is not to exceed 2.48 g / kg."
The cocktail effect in question
In addition, UFC-Que Choisir denounces a cocktail effect. "Exposure to these molecules is further increased when using different products having the same molecule and which doses are added to achieve a significant level of risk."
The association describes having found acceptable levels of triclosan in toothpastes and deodorants in isolation "but that reach a significant level of risk for use combining the two products."
Same for propyl paraben "found in no less than 9 families of cosmetics and hygiene."
As a result, consumer association calls for greater regulation thereof. She also claims to conduct "independent research on the impact of these molecules on the long term" and strengthening, without delay, the regulatory framework taking into account the cocktail effect of these molecules in product toxicity " .
Finally, the UFC-Que Choisir wants to force professionals to conduct complete labeling on the actual composition of the products and withdrawal "of their formulations molecules with endocrine disrupting effects of proven or suspected."
Source: "Endocrine Disruptors in hygiene and beauty products," April 2, 2013, UFC-Que Choisir. The full results of the test will be available in issue 513 of April.