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FDA Sends Warning Letter to Brazilian Blowout

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has demanded that the company correct the “misbranding” of its controversial hair-straightening products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to Brazilian Blowout demanding that the company correct the “misbranding” of its controversial hair-straightening products.

FDA testing revealed that the products contain 8.7 to 10.4 percent levels of glycol, a liquid form of formaldehyde and a “deleterious substance,” according to the letter, which was signed by Michael W. Roosevelt, acting director of the Office of Compliance of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Methylene glycol can release formaldehyde gas when applied to hair and then heated with a blow-dryer and a flatiron, the letter noted. “However, the product label declares that the product contains ‘no formaldehyde’ or is ‘formaldehyde free.’ This declaration renders your product misbranded because it is a false and misleading statement. In addition, the failure to include information about the release of formaldehyde into the air during the heating process on the product’s label or labeling makes your product misbranded because you fail to reveal material facts with respect to consequences that may result from the use of your product under the conditions of use prescribed in the labels or labeling.”

The letter, dated Aug. 22, was addressed to Mike Brady, chief executive officer of the North Hollywood-based Brazilian Blowout. The company was given 15 working days, meaning a Sept. 12 deadline, to “correct the violations” — presumably removal of products from store shelves — or face the possibility of seizures or an injunction. Brady could not be reached for comment Wednesday.