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EU Authorities are concerned about the safety of using peanut butter

At the moment EU Authorities are concerned about the safety of using peanut butter, its extracts and derivatives in cosmetic products. It is feared that exposure to the skin of peanut butter by using cosmetic products can cause sensitization of the human body to peanuts and a possible allergic reaction. Concern is also expressed about the safety of cosmetic products containing hydrolyzed wheat proteins.

In the context of the views of SCCF, the use of cosmetic products containing peanut oil, extracts and derivatives, and also containing hydrolyzed wheat proteins, poses a potential risk to human health. To ensure the safety of cosmetic products for human health, it is advisable to establish the maximum concentration of peanut protein in peanut butter, its extracts and their derivatives in cosmetic products at 0.5 ppm. and the average molecular weight of the peptides in hydrolyzed wheat proteins used in cosmetic products is limited to a maximum of 3.5 kDa.

Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 is amended in accordance with the adoption of relevant decisions in the EU.

Since September 25, 2018, cosmetic products containing one or more substances limited by this Regulation should not be placed on the market of the Union.