An EU risk assessment of phenol is likely to propose that measures be taken to reduce the risk to consumers from household products and cosmetics containing the substance, according to the latest European chemicals bureau (ECB) newsletter.
The bureau reports the assessment's conclusion that human health concerns dictate that extra controls beyond those already in place are necessary for some consumer goods. The conclusion has remained unchanged from earlier drafts of the assessment despite lingering doubts over risks from skin contact with phenol in cosmetics.
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