Is petroleum jelly really banned in Europe?
Christine says (in response to our post on Does petroleum jelly cause cancer…)Perhaps it would be important to look a little further into this. The European Union has banned petroleum jelly and has it listed as a carcinogen. Please take a look at this very valuable link. You see, some of us (green store owners) […]
I am in Europe and no, not as far as I know. Petroleum jelly is really just mineral oil, and that is certainly not banned. Not that it's a good thing to use on skin under any circumstances, but I do not think it's illegal.
From the Dr. Weil website:
The notion that petroleum jelly is carcinogenic seems to come from confusion online and elsewhere related to a European Union classification of petrolatum.
The unrefined petroleum jellies coming from the former eastern bloc countries also caused concern:
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