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FDA issues warning to beauty product manufacturer

Many Maryland workers have been injured by defective and dangerous products in their workplaces over the years. Often, power tools and machinery cause worker injuries. People who do not work with these potentially dangerous instruments may feel safe from product-related injuries in the workplace. However, recent reports indicate that salon workers may have been injured by a dangerous product.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning to a hair care product manufacturing company to pull their potentially dangerous product from American beauty salons, or rectify the presence of what authorities call a "dangerously high level" of formaldehyde in their flagship product, Brazilian Blowout.

Following a chemical review of the product, the FDA found formaldehyde levels of 10.7 percent, when the Cosmetics Ingredient Review Expert Panel recommends 0.2 percent as the highest safe level. The issue is exacerbated by claims on the product's bottle stating that the mixture is "Formaldehyde Free." Several countries around the world have already pulled the product from their retail shelves.

The main alleged danger in the chemicals is not for people that use the product for quarterly hair straightening treatment, authorities claim. Instead, experts are more concerned about the continued exposure that salon workers may endure, which can result in hospitalization. One salon worker was recently given an inhaler by her doctor only two months after she began working with the product at her place of employment.

Nevertheless, the company responsible for the product is not likely to meet the FDA's recommendations, claiming that the entire situation is a "misunderstanding." According to the CEO of the company, he will be working with the FDA to demonstrate that their product is not dangerous for consumers or salon workers, and adheres to all federal guidelines.

Source: The Huffington Post, "FDA Blasts Brazilian Blowouts," Sept. 9, 2011

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