LA officials say toxic nail polish inspections possible here

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana's State Board of Cosmetology says it needs to verify a report that uncovered "toxic" nail polish in bottles labeled "non-toxic" in some California nail salons.  Once it has verification, the agency tells WAFB Medical Correspondent Phil Rainier, it will launch its own inspections here.

Many nail polishes used in salons and advertised as free of three toxic chemicals actually have high levels of one or more of the chemicals, California officials say.

The mislabeled nail products could harm thousands of employees and customers of the more than 48,000 nail salons in the state, according to the Department of Toxic Substances Control report released Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

Investigators analyzed 25 brands of nail products, including a number that claimed to be free of the chemicals toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde, the so-called "toxic three." Exposure to large amounts of the chemicals has been linked to developmental problems, asthma and other illnesses.

Toluene was found in 10 of 12 products that claimed to be free of the chemical, and four of the products had dangerously high levels of toluene. Five of seven products that claimed to be free of the "toxic three" actually had one or more of the chemicals in significant levels, the AP reported.

A decision on possible legal action will be made by the state attorney general's office.

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