Sep 8, 2011

It looks like women's quest for straight hair really is affecting their health.  The latest alleged assailant is that of 'Brazilian Blowout'.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a warning claiming the product produces formaldehyde when subject to heat from a blow dryer or a flat iron.  For those of you not familiar with formaldehyde it is a carcinogen that is use as embalming fluid.

Food and Drug Administration officials issued a warning letter to the makers of a popular hair straightening product, Brazilian Blowout, on Wednesday, saying the company's smoothing solutions contain levels of formaldehyde linked to illness in salon workers and customers.

FDA officials said the popular product used to flatten wiry hair is "adulterated" and "misbranded." Although labels on the products distributed by the North Hollywood, Calif., firm say they contain no formaldehyde, or are "formaldehyde free," the FDA's own tests found high levels of methylene glycol, which releases formaldehyde when treated hair is subjected to heat from a blow dryer or hot flat iron.

FDA analysis found levels of methylene glycol ranged from 8.7 percent to 10.4 percent in tested samples. Levels higher than 0.1 percent require an occupational hazard alert according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.

"Brazilian Blowout is misbranded because its label and labeling (including instructions for use) makes misleading statements regarding the product's ingredients and fails to reveal material facts with respect to consequences that may result from the use of the product," wrote Michael W. Roosevelt, acting director of the Office of Compliance at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.


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