Talcum Powder Pond’s Freshness Talc
Pond’s Freshness Talc
|Consumer Voice Rank||3|
|Net Weight||400 Gm|
|Best Before||24 Months|
|Manufactured By||Hindustan Unilever Ltd|
|Available on Conzumr Since||July 2016|
The ‘fineness’ parameter is important because talcum powder is used directly on the skin and sometimes on delicate or sensitive areas of the body. It is also meant to add to physical comfort level.
Tests were carried out to check for the presence of arsenic and lead. Arsenic in talcum powder may cause harmful health effects. As per Indian Standard, arsenic shall not be more than 2 ppm in talcum powder. As for lead, it shall not be more than 20 ppm.
|Matter Insoluble in Boiling Water (% by mass)||7.17|
As per the Indian Standard, matter insoluble in boiling water should be a minimum 90 per cent by mass. It is a very important parameter to determine the quality of talcum powder.
|Moisture and Volatile Matter||5.27|
It shall be not more than two per cent by mass.
On visual examination, the talcum powder should be free from foreign particles.
Asbestine is a mineral compound composed of nearly pure fibrous magnesium silicate, with physical characteristics between those of asbestos and talc. Trace amounts can be found in talc, which often contains asbestos fibres of various types. Studies point out that asbestos may cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled. When talking about whether or not talcum powder is linked to cancer, it is important to distinguish between talc that contains asbestos and talc that is asbestos-free. Talc that has asbestos is generally accepted as being able to cause cancer if it is inhaled. It is not clear if consumer products containing talcum powder increase cancer risk. Studies of personal use of talcum powder have had mixed results, although there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk. There is very little evidence at this time that any other forms of cancer are linked with consumer use of talcum powder.
|Solubility of Colour||3|
This test is to make sure that the product is colourless or only faintly coloured.
The pH in talcum powder shall be between 5.5 and 10.0.
|Gram-Negative Pathogens and Total Viable Count||7|
Tests were conducted for gram-negative pathogens, which must be less than 10, and total viable count, which must not be more than 1,000 cfu/gm.
|Physical observation, fragrance, sensation, feelin||23.73|
Subjective sensory tests were conducted by a panel of users under the supervision of experts. The parameters were: physical observation, fragrance, sensation, feeling after application, and irritation after use.
The talcum powder shall be packed in a suitable container that protects it from moisture and atmospheric deterioration. It shall be ensured that the material of packaging has no adverse effects on the powder. Also, the packaging should be so designed as to be convenient to use and the materials should preferably be reusable and recyclable.
|Product Net Weight||5|
The net weight in all the brands was found to be true to the declared value – in fact, their measured values were marginally above the declared weight
The packaging is required to be marked with
a) name and type of material