Campaign For Age Restrictions On Hair Dyes Due To Allergic Reactions

Britain's minors are are being put at risk as the EU refuses to acknowledge the major health risk that PPD - a chemical in most hair dyes - can cause.
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Feb. 13, 2012 - PRLog -- PPD - which is being blamed for thousands of serious injuries and even a death in the UK is widely available to under 18's who buy hair dye products in chemists and supermarkets across the country. There is currently no regulation, which prevents anyone under 18 buying the potentially lethal products.  

Greg Almond, the solicitor from who is running the campaign to get PPD banned says:  “It’s about time the European Commission started to take the risks with PPD seriously.

It has the power to do so – in the last 12 months it has banned ‘scratch and sniff’ toys such as the strawberry-smelling Lots-O’-Hugging’ bear, featured in Toy Story 3, because chemicals are used to create the fragrance.  

Under these rules (The Toy Safety Directive), children under the age of eight are no longer allowed to blow up balloons, if they are unsupervised. Isn’t it about time that the EU acknowledged the potential harm and even death that the chemical PPD can cause?”.  

Tabatha McCourt was 17-years old when an experiment with hair colour proved fatal.

Twenty minutes after dying her hair Tabatha was rushed to hospital and later died. The exact cause of her death is not known, but investigations are still continuing to determine whether it might have been due to a severe allergic reaction to a chemical used in 99 per cent of all hair-dyes: PPD or p-Phenylendiamine.

Greg Almond has several clients under the age of 18 who have suffered with major allergic reactions to hair dye. Chloe Robins, 14, is one example of a teenage client who unsupervised bought a home hair dye kit from a supermarket and suffered horrific injuries afterwards. She will now be battling with the after affects of the reaction to PPD for the rest of her life.

Greg almond said: “ The evidence and case studies show that reactions are on the increase and there is no updated research evidence to show that PPD is safe.
The European Commission and the UK Parliament need to take action immediately.  
Urgent questions need to be asked of the European Commission".  

Greg is lobbying the EU and MEP Arlene McCarthy has come on board to support the campaign. She has raised the issue of PPD with the Commission but at the current time, we are still awaiting a response from them.    

“My colleagues and I were very concerned to hear about the serious reports of these allergic reactions to PPD.
Linda McAvan MEP and myself have been in contact with the European Commission and urged them as a matter of urgency to ask the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety to look at the use of PPD.”
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