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IA#53-04, ----12/04/92 Attachment Revised 8/17/92
TYPE OF ALERT: Automatic Detention
PRODUCT : Eyelash and Eyebrow Dyes
PRODUCT CODE : 53C--07
CODE : 3304
PROBLEM : Unsafe Colors - NEC (Coal Tar) (UCNC)
COLLECTION : 29002
COUNTRY : See Attachment
SHIPPER : See Attachment
SHIPPER I.D.#: See Attachment
I.D. # : N/A
CHARGE : "The article is subject to refusal of admission in accordance
with Section 801(a)(3) in that it appears to bear or contain,
for the purpose of coloring only, a color additive which is
unsafe within the meaning of Section 706(a) [Adulteration,
OFFICE : Division of Import Operations and Policy (HFC-170)
ALERT : This alert was initiated in 1982 when it was noted that, upon
chemical analysis, a number of eyelash and eyebrow dyes
manufactured in Austria, Germany and England, shipped to the
U.S., primarily through the mail, contained coal-tar dyes
which are unsafe within the meaning of Section 706(a) of the
Import Alert #53-04 Revised 12/04/92 Page 2
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Health
Hazard Evaluation Board, evaluated the medical evidence
related to a consumer injury along with scientific literature
for coal-tar dyes. Based on the review, the products listed
in the attachment represented an acute, severe hazard to
health with the possibility of permanent injury; i.e.,
impaired sight, including blindness.
The products are believed to be widely distributed in the
United States, although they probably are not sold for direct
use by consumers, but rather sold to and used in beauty
salons. Before use, the products are mixed with hydrogen
peroxide and applied by a beautician to the eyelashes with a
cotton swab. The primary distributors in the U.S. are likely
to be firms that supply goods to beauty salons; however,
products may also be shipped directly to beauty salons by the
Review of FY 91-92 detention data indicated detentions of
eyelash and eyebrow dyes continue to be made for Dr. Olbrich's
Combinal dye, Vienna, Austria; Refecto Cil, Vienna, Austria,
and Henna, Berlin, Germany. All entries were mail entries
through DET-DO and BUF-DO.
INSTRUCTIONS : Automatically detain eyelash and eyebrow dyes from named
manufacturers/shippers in the attachment.
Alert U.S. Customs agents of the possible entry of the eyelash
and eyebrow dyes at mail facilities. Continue surveillance
for coal-tar dyes in eyebrow and eyelash dyes. Notify DIOP if
any product not on the attachment is found to contain coal-tar
dye (301) 443-6553.
GUIDANCE : I
FOI : No purging is needed.
KEYWORDS : Coal-tar dye, unsafe colors, eyelash dye, eye brow dye
PREPARED BY : Linda A. Wisniowski, DIOP, 301-443-6553.
Attachment to IA #53-04 REVISED 8/17/94
The following eyelash and eyebrow dyes were found to contain coal-tar dyes:
1. Product : Dr. Olbrich's Combinal - Augenbrauen und Wimpernfarbe
(black, brown, blue, grey shades)
Manufacturer : W. Pauli, Vienna, Austria
I.D. : ATPAUVIE
Known Shipper: National Beauty Supply,
2. Product : Andora - Augenbrauen und Wimpernfarbe (all shades).
Manufacturer : Andora-Cosmetic, Vienna, Austria
I.D. : ATANDVIE
3. Product : Refecto Cil - Augenbrauen und Wimpernfarbe (graphite,
black, brown and blue-black shades).
Manufacturer : Gschwenter-Haar Kosmetic Products, Vienna, Austria
I.D. : ATGSCKOSVIE
4. Product : Henna Gora - Augenbrauen und Wimpernfarbe (black, brown,
Manufacturer : Else Sperlich Chem. Kosm. Fabrick, Berlin, Germany
I.D. : DEELSSPEBER
5. Product : Permalash (black and brown shades)
Manufacturer : Zena Cosmetic Co., London, England
Attachment TO IA #53-04 REVISED 8/17/94
I.D. : GBZENCOSLO
6. Product : Continental Eyelash and Eyebrow Dye (black and brown
(No known manufacturer or shipper)
7. Product : Elle Colour (or Elle Hair Color or New Elle)
Product of Israel
Distributor : ^ ^
Manufacturer : Unknown
8. Product : Pialan Hair Dye
Manufacturer : W. Pauli Cosmetics, Vienna, Austria
9. Product : Belmacil Color
Manufacturer : Anifa SA, Baar, Switzerland
FOI : Information between ^ ^ requires purging.
Recommended by: CFSAN, HFS-635
Prepared by : Yaun D. Han, DIOP, 301-443-6553