ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 14, 1977
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(Studio) Special reports unit learns that major stock brokerage firm has warned clients that key ingredient in permanent hair coloring dyes has produced cancer in rats and mice.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(DC) Substance is called 24 aminoanisol sulphate, and has been tested by National Cancer Institute and results expected to be published in few mos. FDA has confirmed preliminary results tend to show chemical produces cancer in animals. Clairol, produced by Bristol-Myers, is responsible for about 75% of hair business; industry's hair-coloring technical committee head, Clairol's Dr. John Corbett, says industry has adequately demonstrated safety of these products. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) hasn't legal authority to call for removal of hair dyes from market, but can force mfrs. to put warning on labels, as with cigarettes.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham