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Friday
Oct082010

FDA Receives Complaints About Brazilian Blowout Product

Photo Caption -- ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday it has received complaints that Brazilian Blowout hair-straightening products have caused “eye irritation, breathing problems and headaches.”

“From our understanding of how this type of hair straightening product is used, there appears to be the possibility for formaldehyde to be released into the air after the product has been applied to the hair and heated,” the FDA reports.

Health Canada, the FDA’s apparently more competent cousin to the north, Thursday asked salons to stop using the products.

“Testing conducted by Health Canada found that the Brazilian Blowout Solution contains 12% formaldehyde,” the agency reported.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, The Oregon Health and Science University issued a public health alert about the product, in which it said two formulations of the product contained 4.85 percent to 10.6 percent formaldehyde.  If a hair treatment solution contains more than 0.1 percent formaldehyde, the manufacturer is required to alert the stylist.  Additional laboratory analysis also detected four additional chemicals in each sample that were not quantified in the lab, including methanol and ethanol.

Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in air and some foods and products.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says low levels of exposure can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat.  High levels of exposure may cause some kinds of cancers, the CDC says.

The makers of Brazilian Blowout defended their product, saying they were conducting their own investigation. Because OSHA did not request samples directly from the company, Brazilian Blowout is questioning the results.

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