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Is petroleum jelly really banned in Europe?

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    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. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400860/Petroleum-Jelly-Peril.html
    The unrefined petroleum jellies coming from the former eastern bloc countries also caused concern: http://www.articlesbase.com/skin-care-articles/white-usp-petroleum-jelly-not-banned-in-eu-1330473.html
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