Re: Search engines...:-)

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Posted by Maureen on October 11, 2002 at 01:54:36:

In reply to: Re: Search engines...:-) posted by Lauren on October 11, 2002 at 00:36:06:

Well, I know the FDA has regs about the import of any henna for use
as body art. But I don't think it is illegal for anyone to purchase
it an use it on themselves. And I am not sure it is actually illegal
to sell it. The FDA can make any business selling it for body art
remove it from their shelves, cease to advertise it, but they aren't
law enforcement such that they create the laws that would make it a
criminal offense to sell it. The FDA can and would do the exact same
thing regarding natural henna powder if there is any thing that
indicates that it is for use as body art on the packaging. I may be
wrong on this. But, I don't think this is a legal issue...certainly
not on any national level. Some individual places may have outlawed
it for vendors to use on other people. Just as some places have
refused permits for people to apply natural henna on other people.

The issue about harming others open people using something harmful
like black henna laced with PPD to civil suits not criminal
lawsuits. At least not at this point in time.

Providing information to search engines could well make them change
their policy concerning websites selling "black henna" for use as
body art. But, if the search engines have any concern about what the
FDA states they would also change their policy about natural henna.
Of course there is no way the search engines police what is there to
that extent. There are websites from all over the world on these
search engines and just because something is not allowed in the U.S.
because of the FDA or some other regulating agency, that doesn't mean
that it can't be sold to someone somewhere else in the world. So how
do they regulate that and set up criteria for that. They don't.

If someone has information that selling "black henna" is illegal, I
would be interested. I seem to have missed that whole chapter.



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