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Parabens are a class of substances widely used as preservatives in cosmetics, foods, pharmaceuticals and other household products.

They keep products free from bacteria, moulds and fungi that would otherwise spoil the product and could cause real harm to the user.

The family of parabens, which are found naturally in plants and animals as well as being man-made, are approved for use as preservatives in the UK Cosmetics Regulation. They are among the most widely used and studied preservatives, having been in use for more than fifty years with an excellent safety record.

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