Not long ago, I posted on the not-so-safe hair straightening system called “Brazilian Blowout Acai Smoothing System”. The company was told to halt sales of their product because of the mislabeling issue. The product contained over 10% formaldehyde…..more than is contained in embalming fluid.
The FDA recently released this warning letter addressed to the CEO of Brazilian Blowout, Mike Brady (no relation to the Brady Bunch). In it the FDA cites the company for mislabeling and misleading statements:
Specifically, Brazilian Blowout contains the liquid form of formaldehyde, methylene glycol; however, the product label declares that the product contains “No Formaldehyde” or is “Formaldehyde Free.” This declaration renders your product misbranded because it is a false and misleading statement. In addition, the failure to include information about the release of formaldehyde into the air during the heating process on the product’s label or labeling makes your product misbranded because you fail to reveal material facts with respect to consequences that may result from the use of your product under the conditions of use prescribed in the labels or labeling.
Methylene glycol is a deleterious substance, which at the levels present in this product, may harm users under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling
Unfortunately, this product is still being sold on the internet to women who, I suppose, care more about their hair than their respiratory system.
Hmmmm….I wonder just how many other products are “mislabeled” and are putting us at risk?