US FDA Inaction On Formaldehyde In Hair-Smoothing Products ‘Unconscionable,’ Petitioners Say
The Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth try again with a petition to the US Food and Drug Administration seeking a ban on use of formaldehyde and equivalents in heated hair-straightening products. This time they are joined by 75 concerned salon workers.
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