The EU Commission reports weekly on dangerous non-food products on the market in its “EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products” (RAPEX). Again and again, foreign bodies discovered in body care products are reported here.
Foreign bodies in cosmetic products are physical solids that are not part of the formulation and can be detected by our sense organs. Typical examples of foreign bodies are metal parts, wood or glass splinters, pieces of textile, hair, plastic, or even paint particles.
Yet how do foreign bodies enter into cosmetic products in the first place? The routes of entry are numerous. In addition to transport damage, defects during the production process should be taken into account when analysing the causes. However, it is not always clear at first glance exactly what kind of foreign body was found. This knowledge, however, can be of utmost importance to prevent a future foreign body entry. Therefore, to test this foreign body with laboratory analysis methods is advisable in any case.
Our WESSLING experts support you with professional advice and laboratory analysis.
We will be happy to advise you on an individual HACCP concept for the production site of your cosmetics. A HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) concept is a self-checking system to identify and control health hazards in cosmetics production.
Should a foreign body ever be detected in your care or decorative cosmetics, we will assist you, independently, with our experience, expertise and state-of-the-art technology. We will locate any foreign bodies by means of various examination methods within the framework of a foreign body analysis, for example, by means of SEM/EDX.