03/02/2012 12:38 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Controversial Formaldehyde Hair Treatment Must Issue A Cancer Warning

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The brand behind a controversial hair-straightening treatment has been ordered to issue warnings to consumers due to the use of formaldehyde in its products.

The manufacturers of the Brazilian Blowout range, GIB LLC, have agreed to publish a cancer warning after the California Attorney General settled a lawsuit filed against the company this week.

Attorney General Kamala Harris stated that, "California laws protect consumers and workers and give them fair notice about the health risks associated with the products they use. This settlement requires the company to disclose any hazard so that Californians can make informed choices."

While the CEO of the company claimed that "the settlement reached with Attorney General Harris represents a fair and equitable resolution", GIB LLC have been ordered to do far more than change their packaging. The company has also been landed with a $600,000 penalty fee and it must ensure that all products are tested in state-approved laboratories before they go on sale.

Despite all the controversy, Brazilian Blowout products are still available in California, although the necessary changes have been made. Do you think this is a fair settlement or should the potentially carcinogenic products be banned all together? Let us know your view below.