Brazilian Blowout maker agrees to labeling changes

January 30, 2012 5:07:48 PM PST
California's attorney general says the maker of a popular line of hair-straightening products has agreed to alert consumers and stylists that two of its formulations emit formaldehyde gas, a possible carcinogen.

The labeling changes announced Monday are designed to settle a lawsuit the state filed against the company that makes Brazilian Blowout products.

The suit filed in November accused North Hollywood-based GIB LLC of deceptive advertising, because Brazilian Blowout Acai Smoothing Solution and Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Solution were labeled as being free of formaldehyde.

The company has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines and penalties and to have the products tested for all toxic substances at a state lab.

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been investigating the products.