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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans on prohibiting the use of lead acetate as a color additive in hair dyes due to evidence submitted in a color additive petition. The FDA has “concluded that there is no longer a reasonable certainty of no harm from this use of lead acetate” since per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “there is no safe exposure level for lead”.
There will be a 30-day period for interested parties to file objections. If the FDA does not receive objections or, after the FDA responds to objections, if submitted, there will be a 12-month effective date for manufacturers to reformulate their products. They have chosen a relatively quick enforcement date because some manufacturers have already removed lead acetate from hair dyes and are using bismuth citrate as an alternative.
Click to view FDA Constituent Update issued October 30, 2018:
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