It’s another point for team Europe, folks. France’s health agency (Afsapps) is warning consumers and hairdressers about hair straightening treatments that use high levels of formaldehyde, and they’ve pulled eight products off the market that were in violation of European standards.
The current EU Cosmetics Directive stipulates that formaldehyde levels should not surpass 0.2 percent, but according to Afsapps’s investigation many of those tested fell between 0.61 per cent and 5.87 percent. But here’s our favorite part, as reported by the this industry site:
…the words ‘contains formaldehyde’ must be present on the product label, if levels fall between 0.05 and 0.2 per cent.
That’s right, even products that are not in violation need to warn of formaldehyde’s presence on the label. Talk about a deterrent!
Many of the products pulled off of France’s shelves were from the US. Yeah.