HC Deb 05 July 1976 vol 914 cc378-9W
35. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will introduce Regulations for the ingredient labelling of hair dyes and for such warnings in regard to use as may be necessary, in view of recent research revealing the use of carcinogenic chemicals in certain hair dyes and the need for adequate information about this to be made available to consumers.

Mr. John Fraser

My Department has played a full part in the preparation of an EEC directive on the safety of cosmetic products. This was adopted on 29th June and will be implemented in this country as soon as possible. To accord with the directive, our regulations will require certain substances present in hair dyes to be named on the label, together with a warning about any possible allergic reaction. The directive contains provisions for dealing quickly with products incorporating ingredients found to present a hazard.

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