CUPE has warned that the use of toothpaste containing a chemical that has been linked to cancer is unsafe and could be a danger to children and people with asthma.
Key points:Chemical mouthwash may be linked to the development of cancer, and may be dangerous to people with respiratory conditionsCPC mouthwash, commonly found in toothpaste and facial creams, contains a chemical known as propylene glycol, which is linked to cancersA study by University of Queensland researchers has found that the concentration of the chemical propylene used in mouthwashes can increase with time and ageCPC says it has not seen any health effects associated with the use the chemical in its products.
The research by researchers from the University of Qld and the University, Queensland Health, examined the effects of the toxic chemical on the health of volunteers.
They found that propylene Glycol levels were significantly higher in people aged 20-40 years, as well as those with asthma and those with diabetes.
The scientists said the level of the compound increased with age.CPC said the research was based on the use and consumption of products with propylene in the same bottle.
However, it added the chemicals in its mouthwares, such as mouthwash and body lotions, had no known effects on human health.
The Australian Institute of Pharmaceuticals and Technologies has also been working with the University to understand the effects on the human body of the chemicals found in mouthwash.
“It is important to remember that the chemicals we use in our mouthwash are safe, non-toxic and do not have the potential to harm our health,” CUPe general secretary Peter Kell said.
“We are calling on the Government to use its powers under the Public Health and Consumer Protection Act to ban the use or sale of any of these products.”
He said there was no indication of any harm in children.
Topics:health,health-policy,tobacco,federal-government,health,cancer,australiaFirst posted September 23, 2018 19:57:59More stories from Western Australia