Federal health regulators have passed along warnings to four manufacturers of hand sanitizing products for making unsupported claims regarding the bacteria-fighting benefits of their products.
According to the Associated Press, The Food and Drug Administration states the companies claim their lotions and gels can prevent a number of infections, including E. coli and bird flu. Companies that claim their products can stop a disease are required to submit scientific studies to the FDA prior to marketing them. (WCxKit)
The FDA sent warning letters to four companies: Tec Laboratories, JD Nelson and Associates, Dr. G.H. Tichener Antiseptic Co. and Oh So Clean Inc.
The warning letters direct each company to fix the unsupported claims within 15 days.
Meantime, federal safety regulators report a popular hair smoothing treatment known as Brazilian Blowout can release unsafe levels of the chemical formaldehyde, posing a risk to hair salon workers and their customers.
Formaldehyde, which has been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a likely carcinogen, can irritate the eyes, skin and lungs and mean breathing problems and skin rashes
Government regulators also report they have discovered the chemical in a number of hair products that are labeled "formaldehyde-free." The Occupational Safety and Health Administration claims it is investigating complaints from stylists and hair salon owners regarding the products. (WCxKit)
A large number of hair products contain formaldehyde; however government regulations specify the amount, labeling and safe use of the ingredient.
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