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FDA Seizes Hair Relaxer: The Food and...

<i> Times Wire Services</i>

FDA Seizes Hair Relaxer: The Food and Drug Administration has seized tens of thousands of bottles of Rio hair relaxer products after deciding they can cause severe hair loss or turn hair green. The FDA last month warned consumers not to use Rio Hair Naturalizer Systems, a product imported from Brazil and sold through television infomercials by World Rio Corp. of Los Angeles. While the company said it had stopped selling the products, the FDA received reports that it continued to take orders and bill consumers. Meanwhile, the agency received more than 1,800 reports of people claiming the products caused everything from severe scalp irritation and hair loss to green hair. It was reported here last week that the state attorney general’s office had filed a complaint against Rio.


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