Sunday, April 17, 2011

Brazilian Blowup

Have you been keeping track of the "Brazilian Blowup"?

Last fall the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics helped break the story of the dangers of hair-straightening products like Brazilian Blowout. Product tests have revealed extremely high levels of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, in some Brazilian Blowout products (even those labeled "formaldehyde-free"), but the company insists its products are safe.

All the salon workers and clients who've reported acute reactions including nose bleeds, dizziness, rashes and hair loss might beg to differ.

Some federal and state agencies are listening to our concerns, though. This week the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a national hazard alert warning that popular hair straighteners may release formaldehyde (California, Oregon and Connecticut have all already issued warnings).

Canada pulled Brazilian Blowout off the market six months ago (followed by Ireland and France), but our federal agencies are just now getting around to warning people of the health risks. And there's still no action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency in charge of regulating cosmetics.

Please join us in asking the FDA to protect salon workers and customers from this unnecessary toxic exposure by issuing a voluntary recall! (Unfortunately, FDA doesn’t have the power to order a mandatory recall due to our outdated cosmetics laws.)
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