Brazilian Blowout Product Recalled in Ireland

In response to growing complaints linked to <"">Brazilian Blowout hair salon products, the Irish Medicines Board just recalled Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, citing “health fears,” said the Clare Herald.

Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution is, noted the Clare Herald, labeled for “professional use” only and can be found in hair salons throughout Ireland. The product touts hair a “long-lasting salon blow-dry look,” said the Clare Herald.

A pricey salon treatment claiming to be “all natural,” Brazilian Blowout promises to leave hair “frizz-free, shiny, effortlessly manageable and with plenty of body and bounce.” Results are said to last up to 12 weeks. According to its Website, the Brazilian Blowout “smoothes the hair through the use of a proprietary polymer system that bonds amino acids to the surface of the hair.” The site claims the treatment is “100% salon safe.”

We have been writing about this defective product, recently noting that allegations about the popular Brazilian Blowout Solution includes that it contains excessive amounts of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen; reports also link the product to a growing number of adverse reactions. At last count, over 200 people have become involved in a British Columbian (BC)-based class action lawsuit filed against the product’s manufacturers; over 1,000 more are expected, said experts close to the case.

Health Canada also issued a warning against using Brazilian Blowout after it was just revealed that lab testing indicated that the popular hair straightening treatment contained 12 percent formaldehyde, CTV News previously reported.

Now, according to the Clare Herald, the product contains formaldehyde levels over approved amounts under European and national legislation.

Formaldehyde is a known irritant and sensitizer, and is linked to cancer in humans when inhaled chronically over a long period of time. Health Canada said it believes that the reactions are being caused by formaldehyde becoming aerosolized during the blow-drying and flat ironing stages of the treatment. The agency pointed out that any procedure containing formaldehyde above allowable limits places clients and stylists at increased risk.

Hair stylists using the Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution are being advised to stop using the product immediately.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Occupation Heath and Safety Administration (OSHA), together with the Oregon Health and Science University’s Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, tested some of the Brazilian Blowout products after workers at one Oregon salon complained that they had suffered eye irritation, nose bleeds, and difficulty breathing after using the treatments. Two formulations of the product contained 4.85 percent to 10.6 percent formaldehyde. Additional analysis detected four additional chemicals in each sample that were not quantified in the lab, including methanol and ethanol.

Health Canada said it received complaints of burning eyes, nose, and throat, breathing difficulties, and one report of hair loss associated with use of Brazilian Blowout Solution.

This entry was posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances. Bookmark the permalink.

© 2005-2016 Parker Waichman LLP ®. All Rights Reserved.