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Parabens are preservatives used in the food and cosmetics industries for their antibacterial properties. The most commonly used are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. They are sometimes naturally present in certain plants which is the case of methylparaben which is found in blueberry.
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Parabens are suspected of being dangerous to health. Scientists observe their effects on hormones, fertility and breast cancer. Several studies have been carried out on the harmlessness of parabens with contradictory results. If butylparaben is recognised as a carcinogen for humans, it is not prohibited by the AFSSAPS (agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé). Nevertheless, their concentrations have to be limited in food and cosmetic products.
OpenSciences, the ingésciences analysis and research laboratory, offers the manufacturers of e-liquids and flavours to analyse the amounts of parabens present in their products. While tolerated in current consumer products, the levels of parabens have to be checked in order to prevent consumers from overexposure. The aim is to ensure consumer safety.
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