Guava Corp Pty Ltd—Guava Latino Hair Straightener Treatment

Identifying features

All batches affected

What are the defects?

The quantified concentrations of formaldehyde exceed the 2000mg/kg (0.2%w/w) safe limit for 'free formaldehyde' in cosmetics. Additionally, the bottles are not labelled with the mandatory warning for cosmetics that contain in excess of 500mg/kg (0.05%w/w) of free formaldehyde.

What are the hazards?

Formaldehyde can cause sensory irritation and skin sensitisation. Formaldehyde in high concentrations with prolonged exposure is also known to be carcinogenic.

What should consumers do?

Stop using the products immediately. Customers will be contacted by a sales representative, whereupon the faulty goods will be replaced with similar (but compliant) products.

Traders who sold this product

Salons and stockists of professional haircare products

Where the product was sold

Responsible regulator

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the responsible regulator for this recall.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
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