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Korean Regulator Recalls Yuhan-Kimberly Wipes

January 13, 2017

Brands contain excess methanol; regulator admits they are not harmful

The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has announced it will recall 10 wet wipe products manufactured by Yuhan-Kimberly for containing excessive methanol after confirming that some of the wipes were unintentionally manufactured to contain between 0.003-0.004% methanol, which exceeds the permitted 0.002%,” the ministry said.

Of the 10 affected products, seven are sold under the Huggies brand—including Huggies Pure Baby Wipes, Huggies Premier Baby Wipes and Huggies Nature Made Baby Wipes. The remaining three are under the Green Finger brand, including Green Finger Nature Moist Wet Wipes. All have been pulled from store shelves.

Yuhan-Kimberly says it suspects the additional methanol came from base ingredients sourced from third-party suppliers, according to its internal investigation.

The Korean drug safety regulator pointed out that based on its evaluation, wet wipes containing 0.003-0.004% methanol are not harmful to the human body. Korea’s methanol inclusion ratio for cosmetics is capped at 0.2%. The ceiling is set at 0.002% for wet wipes, as they are used for babies, the local drug regulator says. In Europe, the methanol inclusion ratio for cosmetics is capped at 5% and there is no set limit in the US.

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