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FDA Intends To Answer EWG’s Hair-Straightener Petition By End Of March

The agency plans to respond by March 30 to the Environmental Working Group’s 2011 citizen petition requesting regulatory action on hair-straightening products that contain or release formaldehyde. In doing so, it could win dismissal of a related suit filed by the NGO and put marketers on notice about regulatory measures that either are, or are not, coming their way.

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EWG Lawsuit Slams FDA’s Failure To Act On ‘Formaldehyde-Laced’ Hair Smoothers

The Environmental Working Group seeks decisive FDA action on formaldehyde in heated hair-smoothing products, as requested in its 2011 citizen petition, with a complaint filed in District of Columbia District Court. The suit doubles as a reminder to Congress and consumers that cosmetics regulations are overdue for an update, the NGO says.

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NGO activity continues around professional hair straighteners that pose formaldehyde-exposure risks; FDA’s cosmetics site is a “work in progress”; FTC demands to know more about Herbalife’s business model. More news in brief.

Unilever To Create $10 Mil. Settlement Fund For Suave Hair-Smoother Ills

Unilever settles class-action suits in three states related to alleged injuries from use of its Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion 30-Day Smoothing Kit, which plaintiffs claim was a powerful chemical relaxer rather than a non-toxic conditioning system as advertised. The firm will establish funds totaling more than $10 million to reimburse consumers for purchases and medical expenses.

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