Control of Nanoparticles by DGCCRF
Since 2016, the DGCCRF has been carrying out checks on the presence of nanoparticles in foodstuffs and non-food products.
On 16 January 2018, the DGCCRF presented to the National Consumer Council the results of the controls carried out on nanomaterials in foodstuffs and cosmetic products.
In cosmetic products:
Of 40 samples analyzed, 35 revealed the presence of nanoparticles.
The DGCCRF has identified non-conformities in the labelling of certain cosmetic products analysed (presence of nanomaterials, Carbon Black and others, not labelled).
According to EC Regulation No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products, Article 19 (1)(g):”Any ingredient in the form of a nanomaterial must be clearly indicated in the list of ingredients. The ingredient name is followed by the word “nano” in square brackets.”.
Nanoparticles were detected in 29 of the 74 food products analysed.
Only one product mentioned, on its label, the presence of all identified nanomaterials.
According to EU Regulation 1169/2011 on consumer information on foodstuffs, Article 18 (3):”All ingredients in the form of manufactured nanomaterials are clearly indicated in the list of ingredients. The ingredient names are followed by the word” nano “in square brackets.”
The aim of this first round of checks is to ensure that professionals comply with the labelling requirements in accordance with current EU regulations.
In the event of any failure to comply, the DGCCRF will require compliance with the labelling and may even impose criminal penalties.