Health Canada updated their Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist in September, 2009. Companies that sell cosmetic products into Canada need to be aware of the changes. You can see the items added, deleted and amended here. The change that stands out the most is the addition of Glycerin to the Hotlist. But there is no need to panic. Health Canada is simply wanting a copy of a DEG Free certificate to insure that they glycerin used in cosmetics is not contaminated with diethylene glycol (DEG). At Essential Wholesale we only use and sell DEG Free Glycerin.
The FDA and the U.S. Pharmacopeia have already adopted a new standards for glycerin. All the stink about glycerin is due to a real concern caused when glycerin from China that was adulterated with ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol and used in oral medications. Switching ethylene glycol as a cheap substitute for glycerin goes back as far as 1937 when more than 107 people were killed in the United States by ethylene glycol used as a liquid base for an antibiotics. Recently, there have been cases of ethylene glycol or diethylene glycol contamination in toothpaste from China found in the United States and Panama. The latest case of DEG tainted glycerin occurred in November when 84 Nigerian children died after being given a tainted teething drug.
FDA issued a warning after it received reports about fatal DEG poisoning of consumers who ingested medicinal syrups, such as cough syrup or acetaminophen syrup, that were manufactured with DEG-contaminated glycerin. This caused the FDA to set up Guidance for Industry testing of glycerin for diethylene glycol through the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The FDA asked the USP to improve the standard for gycerine to exclude ehtylene glycol and diethylene glycol from glycerin. The new standards were set up to insure that tainted drugs are no longer being unknowingly sold. It also provides for the cosmetic industry a DEG Free certificate that can be used to document that our cosmetics are diethylene glycol free.
To read the September 2009 Changes to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist in Canada click here.