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Preliminary Opinion open for comments on Water-soluble zinc salts used in oral hygiene products

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According to the draft opinion, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has calculated aggregate exposure to water-soluble zinc salts via toothpaste at the concentrations of 1% and from diet and concluded that the use of zinc in toothpaste is safe per se except for children under the age of 1 year because the intake exceeds the upper limit level. For children up to 1 year of age, the SCCS recommends a safe concentration of 0.72% for soluble zinc salts (as zinc) in toothpaste.

The inclusion of zinc in mouthwash at 0.1% Zn is considered safe across all age groups.


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