Hair-straightening products dangerous, US reps say

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should do more to protect the public from the health risks of hair straightening products, representatives of Congress said Wednesday.

Hair-straightening products
Three representatives — Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) — sent a letter to the FDA today expressing their concerns over the products, which include the Brazilian Blowout.

These products contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, the letter said. The FDA has previously received complaints that the products cause adverse reactions, including nervous system problems such as headaches, respiratory tract problems, nausea, chest pain, vomiting and rashes.

The representatives first voiced their concerns to the FDA last year, and asked the agency to issue a voluntary recall of the products and review the health risks of formaldehyde.

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