German cosmetics withdrawn in Lithuania and Austria

RAPEX highlights safety issues

The EU’s consumer protection alert service RAPEX has warned two German cosmetic products have been withdrawn from sale in Europe. One was hand washing paste Der Spezialist Walter, recalled by the distributor in Lithuania for posing “a microbiological risk because it has a total bacteria count of 8.2 x 106 CFU/g of Pseudomonas aeruginosa”. The other was ‘Biller's naturkosmetik’ cosmetic cream, withdrawn from the Austrian market by consumer protection authorities for containing chemical preservative methyldibromo glutaronitrile, banned under the EU cosmetics directive.