December 2007

Consumers may take in larger amounts of coumarin from cosmetics, too

Berlin / DE. (bfr) The natural flavouring, coumarin, can cause liver damage in highly sensitive individuals. However, the effect can be reversed once coumarin intake is halted. This plant ingredient is found in woodruff and sweet clover and there are higher levels in cassia cinnamon, too. Consumers mainly ingest coumarin from food containing high levels of cassia cinnamon. Furthermore, synthetically produced coumarin is added as a fragrance to cosmetics and can reach the body through the skin.
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