The Food and Drug Administration has failed to act on dangerous hair straighteners that contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde and pose a significant health hazard to consumers and salon workers, the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth allege in a motion filed July 28 in federal district court. The motion is part of the groups' lawsuit against the FDA for its failure to act on a six-year-old petition requesting an investigation into popular hair smoothing treatments that are still sold in stores and salons. These straighteners – often known as keratin treatments or by the name of one prominent brand, Brazilian Blowout – contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen and potent allergen.
The FDA has known for over 6 years that salon worker’s health is being harmed by the use of products containing formaldehyde. Enough is enough!
Working long hours for uncertain and often substandard pay, salon workers are also exposed to highly toxic chemicals linked to respiratory ailments, cancer, miscarriage and more.
In the news feature in Center for Public Integrity on the dangers of formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout and other hair straighteners.
Please join us in asking the FDA to use its authority to seize toxic hair-straightening products and to ban formaldehyde from cosmetics, as many other countries have already done.
FDA lags in protecting stylists and customers from cancer-causing formaldehyde in products FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2014 NEW YORK —Thirty-three hair-straightening products contain high... Read More