These unfortunate and unnecessary rulings have come in response
to injuries caused by para-phenylenediamine by unscrupulous or ignorant
street artists, who call it "black henna". It is illegal,
and dangerous to use para-phenylenediamine for any purpose other
than its specified use in hair dye. Published medical papers and
tests prove that none of the injuries caused by "black
henna" were caused by henna; ALL of the injuries have been
caused by para-phenylenediamine.
The FDA rulings are reviewed late every spring. The FDA ruling
against henna was made in haste, without considering its impact
on henna's ethnic and religious traditions, practiced by 10,000,000
citizens of the USA, nor did it consider medical papers proving
that para-phenylenediamine, not henna, was the cause of the injuries.
This spring, that ruling may be reviewed. Citizens of the USA may-
petition the FDA and their elected representatives to change that
ruling. If Muslims, Hindus, Afro-Americans, Sephardic Jews, henna
enthusiasts, and other people do not act NOW, henna may be banned
forever in the USA. Other countries may follow the lead of the US
in this matter. This would have two tragic consequences: 9000 years
of henna traditions would be forbidden in much of the world. "Black
henna", para-phenylenediamine, would probably continue to be
used, injuring people, as it would still be available as hair dye.
The safe, and preferable, henna would be banned.
The FDA welcomes public input on their rulings. They state: "FDA
rules have considerable impact on the nation's health, industries
and economy. These rules are not created arbitrarily or in a vacuum.
They are formed with the public's help." Links to petition
and inform the FDA, as well as additional information to support
the case for henna are in the following article.
Please help the FDA make a properly informed, reasonable ruling
on henna's import and use! Read the following article, and use the
FDA's forms for petitions and letters linked at the end of the article!
Write to the FDA and your congressmen today! Contact the lobby groups
for Muslim, Hindu, and Jewish interests. Keep henna safe and legal!
Failure to act NOW may end a 9000 years tradition!