Thanks to a lawsuit California filed in November against a North Hollywood-based hair product company, their products proven to emit a potentially cancer-causing gas will be properly labeled to warn consumers of the risk.
GIB LLC produces Brazilian Blowout Acai Smoothing Solution and Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Solution, which were labeled as being free of formaldehyde — a carcinogen that can irritate eyes, skin and lungs.
Fortunately, that's going to change and the company has also has to pay $600,000 in fines for failing to notify consumers and hair stylists of the danger the chemicals in the products pose. Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement:
More bad news for the makers of the Brazilian Blowout.
The United States Department of Health and Labor issued a health alert to hair salon owners and employees who have been exposed to formaldehyde, even though the hair straightening product was marketed as formaldehyde-free.
The alert was sparked following investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Oregon and California as well as Connecticut Department of Public Health.
OSHA says their alert is merely a recommendation on how workers can protect themselves and will continue investigating the matter with the FDA and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Remember how we mentioned Oregon's Occupational Safety & Health Administration found formaldehyde in the Brazilian Blowout solution?
The state of California is taking the claims to a whole new level and suing the company that's selling the hair straightening product!
Sued by a whole state? Yikes!
The suit was filed by the state attorney general’s office of Jerry Brown and claims GIB LLC is violating California’s Safe Cosmetics Act by not warning stylists and customers that their product contains formaldehyde.
GIB LLC has tried to place the blame on Cadiveu Brasil, the manufacturers of Brazilian Blowout, but quickly said they haven't sold their products to the company in 6 months.