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French authorities pull hair straightener with high formaldehyde levels.

Cosmetics Design-Europe

Katie Bird

January 4, 2011
France’s health authority (Afsapps) has warned consumers and hairdressers against the use of hair straightening treatments that contain high levels of formaldehyde, and removed a number of products from the market.

The move follows investigations undertaken by authorities in Canada, North America and Ireland, regarding similar products that are claimed to contain free formaldehyde at levels higher than the current regulation allows.

In addition, the authorities have questioned the levels of formaldehyde released into the air during the treatment and the effect this may have on the health of salon workers and consumers.

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