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EC Considers Reassessment of Chlorhexidine Safe Use Levels in Mouthwash

September 23, 2014

The European Commission is considering the need to reassess the safe use of the preservative chlorhexidine in mouthwash, according to a response by the EU Consumers' Commissioner Neven Mimica published in the Official Journal.

Mimica’s statement came following concerns raised by two members of the European Parliament over a study by British researchers, which flagged potential health risks associated with the use of the substance in antibacterial mouthwash.

Currently, chlorhexidine is allowed as a preservative in cosmetics at a maximum concentration of 0.3%. A reassessment would be carried out by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

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