Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (123)

Finian McGrath

Question:

254 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if bubble baths, shampoos and shower gels often contain sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate; if these products can have a degenerative effect on the cell membrane; and if she has plans to tackle these health issues. [25040/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

Cosmetic products are subject to control under the European Communities (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 1997 (SI No. 87 of 1997). Under these regulations, persons placing cosmetic products on the market are required to ensure that they are not liable to cause damage to human health under normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use. Substances in use in cosmetic products continue to be subject to review by the European Commission in consultation with the Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non Food Products. The substances referred to by the Deputy have been in safe use in cosmetic products over many years as surfactants, emulsifying, foaming and cleansing agents and their use has not given rise to concern.