By  on January 31, 2012

Probably the most explosive issue in the professional hairstyling business — the use of formaldehyde in hair straightening solutions — has reached its first settlement.

The office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris said on Monday that GIB LCC, the manufacturers of the controversial Brazilian Blowout and Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, must put hazard warnings on its packaging and distribute a cancer warning to recent product purchasers, including it with all future product shipments. It must also alter the content of its Web site and pay $600,000 in fees, penalties and costs associated with the lawsuit. In addition, GIB must retest products for smog-causing volatile organic compounds at Department of Justice-approved laboratories and work with the DOJ to ensure they comply with air quality regulations.

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