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Revision of the opinion on peanut oil (sensitisation only)

Final Opinion


Publication date
23 September 2014
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)


WG on Cosmetic Ingredients
SCCS members: U. Bernauer, P.J. Coenraads (rapporteur), G. Degen, M. Dusinska, W. Lilienblum, A. Luch, E. Nielsen, T. Platzek, S.C. Rastogi (chairman), C. Rousselle, J. van Benthem
Contact:SANTE-C2-SCCSatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (SANTE-C2-SCCS[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)
On request from: European Commission
SCCS Number: SCCS/1526/14
Doi: 10.2772/41824
Adopted on: 23 September 2014

Conclusion of the opinion:

There is no known safe threshold currently defined at which the skin of peanut allergic subjects can safely be exposed to peanut proteins, although such thresholds are availablefor oral intake. The SCCS has followed the scientific debate about the importance of skin exposure as a route for induction of sensitisation to type I allergens such as peanut. The SCCS acknowledges that this is of concern, but that there are insufficient data to define a safe level of skin exposure in the non-sensitised population. However, in view of the documented safe levels of oral intake of peanut protein in sensitised individuals and in view of the industry’s capability to refine peanut oil below a protein level of 0.5 ppm, the SCCS can accept this value as maximum allowable concentration in (refined) peanut oil for cosmetic use.


SCCS, scientific opinion, cosmetic ingredients, peanut oil, Regulation 1223/2009, CAS 75980-60-8, EC 232-296-4

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on peanut oil (sensitisation only), 27 March 2014, SCCS/1526/14, revision of 23 September 2014.