L’Oreal’s Redken Dry Shampoo Comprises Harmful Ranges of Benzene, Class Motion Claims – ClassAction.org

A proposed class motion alleges L’Oreal’s Redken dry shampoo is contaminated with “dangerously excessive ranges” of benzene, a carcinogenic impurity linked to leukemia and different cancers. 

The 24-page criticism says Redken dry shampoo isn’t designed to comprise benzene, and in reality “no quantity of benzene is suitable” within the merchandise. The case alleges the benzene contamination renders the Redken dry shampoos adulterated and misbranded underneath state and federal legislation. 

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“In consequence, the Merchandise are unsafe and illegal to sell underneath federal legislation, and subsequently nugatory,” the swimsuit states. 

Though the labels on bottles of Redken dry shampoo record the merchandise’ lively and inactive elements, no point out is fabricated from benzene, a component of crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke, the lawsuit stresses. The case alleges L’Oreal thus misrepresents that the dry shampoos don’t comprise the damaging impurity, or in any other case fails to reveal that the merchandise might comprise benzene. 

Shoppers wouldn’t have purchased the merchandise, or would have paid a lot much less for them, had L’Oreal disclosed that they contained or risked containing benzene, the submitting says.

In response to the criticism, the US Division of Well being and Human Providers has decided that benzene causes most cancers in people, and the Meals and Drug Administration likewise lists the substance as a Class I solvent that shouldn’t be used within the manufacture of drug merchandise resulting from its “unacceptable toxicity.” 

Additional, the World Well being Group has acknowledged that human publicity to benzene has been linked to acute and long-term well being issues and illnesses, the swimsuit provides. 

From there, the lawsuit explains that impartial laboratory Valisure, whose mission is to “independently test the chemical composition of medicines and healthcare merchandise earlier than they attain shoppers,” tested for certain chemical qualities in numerous manufacturers of dry shampoo in October and detected “excessive ranges” of benzene in batches of sure manufacturers, together with L’Oreal’s Redken. In response to the criticism, the Redken merchandise examined by Valisure had been discovered to comprise as a lot as 7.55 elements per million (ppm) of benzene, nicely above the authorized restrict of two ppm for drug merchandise with a “important therapeutic advance.” 

Regardless, the swimsuit says, Redken dry shampoo isn’t designed to comprise benzene, and since it isn’t a drug product, any important detection of benzene is taken into account unacceptable.

The submitting stresses {that a} beauty product is taken into account adulterated underneath federal legislation if it “bears or comprises any toxic or deleterious substance which can render it injurious to customers.” 

“The presence of benzene renders the Merchandise adulterated and misbranded,” the swimsuit says. “… [B]enzene is a toxic and deleterious substance that has been linked to most cancers and is harmful at any stage. The Merchandise had been additionally manufactured in such an insanitary [sic] method that they grew to become contaminated with benzene. Thus, the Merchandise are adulterated.” 

The lawsuit seems to be to cowl all individuals in the US who purchased L’Oreal’s Redken dry shampoo for private or family use inside the relevant statute of limitations interval. 

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