A recent landmark settlement between the Attorney General’s office of California and manufacturers of Brazilian Blowout hair straightening products is intended to protect salon workers and consumers from cancer-causing agents allegedly contained in the product. The settlement, which was reached earlier this year, stemmed from complaints from stylists and customers that Brazilian Blowout chemicals were causing nose bleeds, burns to the eyes and throat, skin irritation, and asthma attacks.
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What’s the problem?
June 11, 2012 – Under the settlement, the manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout will be required to warn consumers and hair stylists that two of its hair smoothing products contain formaldehyde gas, a substance that has the potential to cause cancer in humans. Additionally, the company must:
- cease deceptive advertising;
- pay $600,000 in fees, penalties and costs;
- report the presence of formaldehyde in its products to California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP).
These requirements are the maximum that could be permitted under state law. The settlement stemmed from complaints from salon workers and customers that Brazilian Blowout was causing the following side effects:
- nose bleeds;
- burning eyes and throat;
- skin irritation;
- asthma attacks.
Brazilian Blowout FDA Warning
In August 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Mike Brady, CEO of the company that manufactures Brazilian Blowout, stating that the product is adultered and misbranded. The administration defines a cosmetic as being adultered if it bears or contains any toxic substance which may render it harmful to consumers. The letter states:
“Brazilian Blowout contains methylene glycol, the liquid form of formaldehyde, which, under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling, releases formaldehyde when hair treated with the product is heated with a blow dryer and then with a hot flat iron. 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 thereof. FDA analysis of approximately 50 mg samples of Brazilian Blowout confirmed the presence of methylene glycol, the liquid form of formaldehyde, at levels ranging from 8.7 to 10.4%.”
The letter goes on to state that the FDA has received adverse event reports associated with Brazilian Blowout including:
- eye disorders (irritation, increased lacrimation, blurred vision, hyperaemia);
- nervous system disorders (headache, burning sensation, dizziness, syncope);
- respiratory tract disorders (dyspnea, cough, nasal discomfort, epistaxis, wheezing, rhinorrhea, throat irritation, nasopharyngitis);
- nausea hypotrichosis;
- chest pain;
- chest discomfort;
Do I Have a Brazilian Blowout Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Brazilian Blowout lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new side effects cases in all 50 states.
Free Brazilian Blowout Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered an injury after being exposed to Brazilian Blowout hair treatment, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Brazilian Blowout injury suit and we can help.