On March 14, 2020, the Government of Canada published a draft chemical screening assessment for a group of seven paraben substances, four of which were found to be present a danger to human health or the environment at current levels of exposure. The seven parabens assessed include: propylparaben (CAS 94-13-3), benzylparaben (CAS 94-18-8), butylparaben (CAS 94-26-8), methylparaben (CAS 99-76-3), ethylparaben (CAS 120-47-8), iso-propylparaben (CAS 4191-73-5), and iso-butylparaben (CAS 4247-02-3). Propylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, and iso-propylparaben are included in the FACET database of food contact chemicals.
Of the seven substances assessed, it was concluded that methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and iso-butylparaben meet the criteria to potentially constitute a danger to human life or health. Notice was therefore officially given to add the substances to the toxic substances list of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. A document outlining the proposed risk management has been published, however, it focuses on cosmetics, non-prescription drugs, and natural health products. It does not specifically reference packaging materials. The screening assessment findings are open for a 60-day public comment period ending on May 13, 2020.
Government of Canada (March 14, 2020). “Draft screening assessment – Parabens group.”
Government of Canada (March 14, 2020). “Risk management scope for Parabens group.”
Andrew Turley (March 19, 2020). “Canada provisionally finds risk for 12 substances.” Chemical Watch