Heath Canada Issues Alert on MI/MCI in Cosmetics, Drugs, and NHPs

20/05/16

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08h00 - 16h30

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Health Canada released the alert, Health Canada informing Canadians of risks related to certain preservatives in cosmetics, non-prescription and natural health products. The alert highlights the potential risks when using leave-on cosmetics, non-prescription and natural health products containing Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MI/MCI). The use of a leave-on product with MI/MCI may result in symptoms such as, a red rash or bumps; itching (which may be severe); swelling, burning, or tenderness of the skin; dry, cracked or scaly skin; and/or blisters (draining fluid and crusting).

The alert states that “after June 14, 2016, all products intended for use by children under the age of three that contain MI/MCI should no longer be available for purchase. All other leave-on products containing MI/MCI should no longer be available for purchase after December 31, 2016.”

The Cosmetic Hotlist already includes a prohibition of MI/MCI in combination in leave-on products. This alert further expands on the restrictions in their use.

Click to view the alert:
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/58290a-eng.php?utm_source=twitter_hc&utm_medium=social_en&utm_content=may10_mci&utm_campaign=social_media_16

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