Cancer fear over new tooth whitener
Dentists are warning the public over the proposed sale of super-strength tooth whitener linked to cancer.
Under European Commission plans, the limit on concentration levels of bleach in over-the-counter products will rise 60 times, from 0.1 per cent to six per cent.
But a report by the EC's science experts warns the chemical can damage mouth tissue and may cause cancer.
EC officials have suggested a trial period of five years for the new regulations to keep track of any negative effects.
But the only precaution will be labels stating that a dentist should be consulted.
Last night the British Dental Association said: "We are concerned the EC is pushing for a solution that is much stronger than dentists consider safe to use without professional supervision."
Spyros Pappas, a former director-general of EC consumer services, said: "The scientific community has never said 'go ahead' with the products above 0.1 per cent.
"I am concerned big companies are exerting great pressure on the commission."
Last night a spokesman for the EC's industry section said a final decision would not be taken until September.
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