The Irish Medicines Board is warning Irish Consumers of concerns relating to the use of a number of hair straightening products. At this time, concerns specifically relate to 8 products only, which are available at hairdressing salons across the Country.
Products concerned have been found to contain higher levels of formaldehyde in excess of those permitted for including in cosmetic products under European and National Law. Formaldehyde is a known irritant and sensitiser. Chronic inhalation over a long period of time can lead to more serious health consequences. Exposure to this product above the allowed limits places consumers and stylists and those within the immediate vicinity at an increased risk. Effected persons may experience smarting of the eyes, irritation to the nose and throat and breathing difficulties.
The Irish Medicines Board have taken action to ensure that distribution of these products have ceased and stocks are being recalled. In addition, hairdressing salons have been notified not to use these products.
Liam Moloney, Personal Injury Lawyer commented on the latest recall of defective products “consumers who are considering having hair straightening treatments done, should consult with their stylist to ensure that none of these products are being used. Any people who have suffered an adverse reaction to these products should immediately seek legal advice as they would be entitled to compensation”.