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What is 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol?

What is 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol?

Also known as Bronopol. It's used as a preservative.

What's the problem with 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol?

It's suspected to be a skin irritant, a lung and liver toxicant, and to have an adverse effect on the human immune system. It's a wildlife and environmental toxin. It ranks as a high hazard on the EWG Skin Deep database. There are also concerns that it can be contaminated with formaldehyde and nitrosamines.  

What's being done about 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol?

It's restricted in Canada and in the EU.   Further reading: EWG Skin Deep: European Commission Health & Consumers: Get the latest posts straight to your inbox every week!
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