Supermarkets remove hair dye amid fears it poses a risk to unborn babies

Feb 8, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. ET
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We've all heard the saying "pain is beauty" but some companies seem to be taking it a little too literally.

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A compound that poses health risks has recently been found in several haircare products and they have since been pulled from store shelves in the U.K.

According to the Daily Mail, supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury's have removed these hair products from their shelves following a Europe-wide alert that discovered a "banned" chemical was being used in three hair products: Bigen, Blasol and JR Beauty.

The alert came from the European Union's Rapid Alert System, Rapex, which revealed, "The list of ingredients indicates that the hair-dye (sic) contains sodium perborate.

"Sodium perborate is toxic if inhaled and may damage fertility or the unborn child."

Most consumers already exercise safety when using hair dye for fear that they could have a bad reaction but when something like this happens it's quite a wake-up call.

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According to the Coventry Telegraph, a spokesperson for the organisation behind the recall, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, said: "Sodium perborate is a prohibited substance under the cosmetic products safety regulations because it can cause harm to fertility and unborn children.

"As with any recall consumers and retailers should follow the instructions. In this case they should return the product and ask for a refund."

We are yet to see a statement from the companies believed to be involved in the recall but Tesco and Sainsbury's have both issued a response. According to the Daily Mail, a Tesco spokesperson revealed that customer safety was their main priority.

"Customer safety is always our top priority, so we have taken the precautionary measure of issuing a product recall for the Bigen hair dye range," the spokesperson said.

While Sainsbury's spokesperson appeared to echo these sentiments with their move to pull the products from the shelves. They said, "We are taking the Bigen product off the shelves."

Are you one of the women who was using these products and is concerned about the effect they could have potentially had on your health?

Former chairman of the British Fertility Society, Professor Allan Pacey, has suggested that women who are "concerned about using the recalled products should seek medical advice," The Mirror reports.

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