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Current Italian legislation relates primarily to the chemical and physical aspects of cosmetics. This situation is unjustifiable, considering the importance of microbiological characteristics of products which are in continuous contact with human tissue and mucus. The aim of this project was to assess the microbiological characteristics of various types of cosmetics: cosmetics obtained directly from points of sale, raw materials used in preparing certain cosmetics, and products used for a certain period of time. The assessments carried out on the cosmetics were: (a) evaluation of the total aerobic microbe charge; (b) search for enterobacteria; (c) search for microorganisms belonging to the family Pseudomonadaceae; (d) isolation of germs belonging to the genus Staphylococcus; (e) search for mycetes. Certain kinds of cosmetics are ideal substrata for the growth of a variety of microorganisms. The future aim should be to prevent the microbiological contamination of cosmetics by carrying out adequate checks on raw materials and on the handling and preparation of formulations.

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Authors: PASTONI F ET AL., JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Vecchi e Nuovi Patogeni negli Alimenti e nell'Ambiente, Sorrento (IT), Oct. 4-6, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 36576 ORA
Record Number: 199210230 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: it
Available languages: it
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