Health Ministry filing complaint against dealing in illegal hair straighteners

Health Ministry: “The contents of these products are not known, and some of them contain formaldehyde, which is dangerous to public health.”

By
June 10, 2014 10:50
hair straightener products

Unlicensed hair straightener products. (photo credit: HEALTH MINISTRY)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Health Ministry issued a statement that cosmetics without a ministry license should not be used,
following Channel 10 TV’s Kolbotek warnings on Monday about the cancer danger from using hair straightener chemicals containing formaldehyde.

The ministry added in its message to the public and to hair salon workers that it will file a complaint against the importers, manufacturers and retailers of such products, which are widely used. The ministry said it would act “with all possible means” against those involved.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“The contents of these products are not known, and some of them contain formaldehyde, which is dangerous to public health,” said the ministry, which supplied photos of some of the illegal cosmetics.

Kolbotek presenter and editor Rafi Ginat showed lab results that the products contain several times more formaldehyde than allowed. He said that ordinary cloth or synthetic masks worn by customers and hair styles to straighten hair are useless, because the tiny molecules of formaldehyde enter the pores of the face covers. “They give a false sense of security,” Ginat said.

Related Content

Lab
August 31, 2014
Weizmann scientists bring nature back to artificially selected lab mice

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH