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Cosmetics: Microplastics

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 121326, tabled on 5 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to ban microbeads from (a) sunscreen and (b) all other leave-on cosmetic and personal care products.

Answered on

10 January 2018

During the microbead consultation evidence on other sources of marine plastic pollution was also requested. We are working with the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC), industry and environmental groups, to review the evidence and better understand the sources and impacts of marine microplastics.