Re: Dyes and the FDA...
Posted by Maureen on August 26, 2002 at 08:39:49:
I am sure that you are correct about 9/ll playing a huge role in why
henna powder is becoming more and more difficult to get into the U.S.
The FDA also appears to be adding almost daily to its reasons for
stopping henna. And a lot of those reason were built into their
regs. long before 9/11. But those regs are being tightly enforced
these days. Products without English labeling could have been denied
entry long ago. But they weren't. I can't imagine anything without
labeling in English gaining entry now. So it is clear that since
9/11 that a lot of the governing agency are pulling out and dusting
off regs that they have not enforced in ages and using them to stop
shipments from places in the Middle East. OSHA is showing up in the
game more and more lately.
There are a number of products from India that sends up red flags.
One such product is dye. India is not the only country with products
that sends up the red flags. But as they impact henna, the dyes as
additives that are not identified in henna just wraps henna up in
that red flag that is sent up...and right now just gets the henna
sent back. The way the FDA has been reasoning lately, that could end
up interpreted as ALL henna powder contains unspecified or disallowed
dyes as additives. Wrong headed thinking...But, it wouldn't be the
first time for them. And when all that is really wanted is an
excuse, then wront-headed thinking becomes thinking enough.
Thanks for sharing what is happening in your area.
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