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Hair Dye Safety in Europe

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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The Scientific Committee on Consumer Products publishes a memo March 29 notifying the European Commission of its finding that hair-dye ingredients have the potential to cause skin sensitization and allergic reactions. The memo provides "an authoritative overview of the current situation on the degree of sensitization potential of the assessed hair dye substances" and "indicates to the industry and to the research community that hair dyes need further innovative development in order to minimize potential adverse health effects to consumers," according to SCCP, which adopted the opinion during its 10th plenary meeting on Dec. 19, 2006. Though this is not the first time hair dyes have been subjected to SCCP's scrutiny, the committee's opinions to date have largely concerned the general toxicology of the substances...
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