Show your support for salon workers by submitting a comment to the FDA and tell the agency to ban toxic formaldehyde from hair straightening products!
To protect the health of salon workers, WVE, EWG and salon workers from across the nation, filed a citizen petition asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action on this dangerous chemical.
WASHINGTON – Salon workers from around the U.S. today joined the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth to petition the Food and Drug Administration to ban dangerous hair straighteners that contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and potent allergen. The petition argues that its presence in hair-straightening and -smoothing treatments means that under the federal Drug and Cosmetics Act, such products are “adulterated” and should be banned.
The law in California will help pave the way for cosmetic safety reform on the national level and will directly impact the safety of products used by salon workers.
AB 2762 bans the use of a number of toxic chemicals in cosmetics and professional salon products by 2025, including the carcinogen formaldehyde.
Last week, two bills were signed into law in California that will make cosmetics safer AND increase disclosure of ingredients in fragrance.
Assembly Member Ash Kalra introduced legislation that requires manufacturers to disclose ingredients on the labels of professional cosmetics. Unlike retail cosmetics, manufacturers of professional cosmetics are not legally required to list ingredients on the labels. If the bill passes, it will be the first such law to take effect in the nation.