Brazilian Blowout under Fire by Congress


We would like to applaud the efforts of several members of Congress, led by Jan Schakowsky, who wrote a letter to the FDA asking them to suspend the sale of the popular hair product – Brazilian Blowout. Despite the manufacturers claims to the contrary, studies have shown that Brazilian Blowout contains unhealthy levels of formaldehyde. The members of Congress also proposed legislation to strengthen the ability of the FDA to regulate what goes into cosmetic products.

Regulation seems to have taken on a negative meaning these days. But it is proper and responsible regulation that can help keep us safe, and in this instance prevent many fine people in the hair care industry from developing cancer or other respiratory diseases as a result of their exposure to a known carcinogen, formaldehyde.

The cosmetics industry is virtually unregulated, and as representative Schakowsky points out, the story of Brazilian Blowout is a great example of why this has to end.

We all have the right to know what we are exposing ourselves to, and at what levels. Unfortunately, for the past several years, while Brazilian Blowout has become such a popular hair treatment, and the makers and distributors have been making money, the workers that are providing the treatment are getting sick. Not only should the rules be changed, but also the manufacturers should be held responsible for the injuries they have caused.

The following members of Congress that have brought this issue to the attention of the FDA:

  • Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • John Conyers (D-MI)
  • Nita Lowey (D-NY)
  • Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Jim Moran (D-VA)
  • Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  • Judy Chu (D-CA)
  • Ted Deutch (D-FL)

The FDA wasted little time in taking action on a letter submitted to them in May from Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and others in Congress. On August 22, 2011, the FDA warned Brazilian Blowout, the company responsible for this “adulterated” product, had 15 days to respond to the accusations made by the FDA. Specifically, Brazilian Blowout is both adulterated and misbranded and is causing injuries to those exposed to it.

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