FDA prohibits lead Acetate from consumer hair dyes
October 30, 2018 – The FDA on Tuesday banned lead acetate from hair dye products, a move prompted by recommendations from consumer tracking groups.
The final rule of the agency means that lead is currently prohibited in all cosmetic products. Hair dye is the final product that is still allowed. Lead acetate has been banned in the European Union and Canada.
For almost 40 years since lead acetate was originally approved as a color additive, our understanding of the dangers of lead exposure has grown significantly, FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb , MD, said in a statement. We now know that the use of approved lead acetate in adult hair dyes no longer meets our safety standards.
The environmental team, one of dozens of FDA petition groups on the ban, said the decision was out of date.
In a statement, there was no safe lead exposure.
Exposure to lead can have serious health effects, especially for children. EWG said it is related to development problems in children, reduced fertility, organ system toxicity, cancer and other problems.
Most manufacturers have long turned to other additives to dye their hair, but a few continue to use lead. Manufacturers have 1 year from the effective date of the final rule to remove lead acetate from their product. The Grecian formula is one of the last major brands to still use lead acetate, but it also converts to another chemical, bismuth citrate, as a colorant.
Over the past few decades, we have witnessed tremendous progress in reducing exposure to lead from major sources. Tom Neltner, director of chemical policy, said that with this advancement and widespread recognition that there is no safe level of exposure, it seems unbelievable that conventional hair dyes contain toxins. Sutra – makes people who use their products and their children in danger. The Environmental Protection Fund, another group has petitioned the FDA for action.
FDA does not provide a list of products containing lead but said consumers should check product labels. Lead, if included, will be listed as a component.
The FDA said recent scientific data shows that there is no reasonable certainty that no harm from the use of lead acetate as a color additive.