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Parliamentary questions
2 July 2013
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Marc Tarabella (S&D)

 Subject:  Dangers of hair dyes

In a report presented to the Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, 36 potentially dangerous chemicals were found to be contained in hair dye.

The dermatologist at St Thomas’ Hospital in London who is behind the report, warns against the use of chemicals in brown or dark hair dyes that promise to last for up to six weeks. These dyes can lead to itching, a burning sensation, hair loss and, in the worst case, breathing problems.

Since 2011, two British women have died in cases linked to the toxic ingredients used in hair dyes, although it has not been officially proven that these chemicals were the cause of death. In July 2011, A 38-year-old mother, died of heart failure after a year spent in a coma. She had been taken to hospital suffering from respiratory problems, which started just after she had dyed her hair. A month earlier a young woman, just 17 years old, suddenly started vomiting and passed out after dying her hair. She died a few hours later in hospital.

What is the Commission’s reaction? Will it take any action?

Original language of question: FROJ C 56 E, 27/02/2014
Last updated: 4 September 2013Legal notice