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Recalls of microbiologically contaminated cosmetics in EU from 2005 to May 2008

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The Rapid Alert System for non-food consumer products in the EU (RAPEX) notifies each week the member countries on dangerous products sold in the EU. Microbiological contaminated cosmetics pose a potential health risk and are recalled from the market. This study investigated the number of recalled microbiological contaminated cosmetics products in the RAPEX database from 2005 to until week 17 in 2008. A total of 173 cosmetic products were recalled in the period, 24 were contaminated and the most frequently found micro-organism was the pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It appears that the number of contaminated cosmetic products could be two to three times higher in 2008 compared to 2007. The recalled products were manufactured in 17 different countries and only one company had more than one product recalled. It is important to keep monitoring the cosmetic products for contamination because an increasing number of products are recalled each year, and the majority is contaminated with potential pathogenic micro-organism. More knowledge on the reasons for the contamination is needed
Udgivelsesdato: 2008/12
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Cosmetic Science
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)471-474
Antal sider4
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2008

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