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Uses:  Polyethylene Glycol is used in many toothpastes, topical creams and ointments, in cosmetics, hair products and deodorants, artificial sweetener bases, liquid food colour, essences, sweetened coconut, chewing gum, chocolates and Nando’s range of hot chilli sauces.


Total recall of all medications in USA (if you still have some old ones, throw them out!) and has been linked with fatal heart attacks (when given intravenously), central nervous system depression and cosmetic or pharmaceutical contact dermatitis.


Suspected as a neurotoxic hazard.

Description: Polyethylene Glycol is commercially produced from propylene and carbonate. Humectant, wetting agent, dispersing agent, radiator anti-freeze, petroleum based; its glycerine like taste has made it popular for children's medications and other elixirs.

Material Data Safety Sheets recommend not have dermal contact, wear rubber gloves. Other names: 1,2-propane diol; 1,2-dihydroxy propane; methyl ethylene glycol; propane-1,2-diol and brand names

Movicol containing macrogol used to treat Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, BPH, or enlarged prostate but there may be concerns that it could cause cancer and other side effects, see E321

E1521 Polyethylene Glycol