Burn concern: teeth whiteners recalled

The parliamentary secretary to the treasurer, David Bradbury, signed a consumer protection notice ordering the recall last week.

The affected products are manufactured by Pro Teeth Whitening (Aust) Pty Limited and include Bright White Express – Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit, and Pro Teeth Whitening – Professional Teeth Whitening Pen, which contain hydrogen peroxide in excess of the recognised safe limit of 6% w/w.

Safe limits for the active bleaching agents are based on the requirements of the Poisons Standard 2011, on expert clinical advice published by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), and on a scientific risk assessment published by the European Union's Scientific Committee on Consumer Products.

In a statement about the recall, Mr Bradbury said that as DIY teeth whitening kits have grown in popularity, so have injuries from their use, with the ADA reporting that dentists and hospitals are seeing an increasing number of