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newsrel -- Beauty product distributor fined $213,000 for selling hair-styling products that violate air quality regulations

Posted: 12 Aug 2013 12:04:46
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News Release 13-45

August 12, 2013

Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

Beauty product distributor fined $213,000 for selling
hair-styling products that violate air quality regulations

SACRAMENTO - Midway Importing Inc., a nationwide distributor and
marketer of Hispanic health and beauty care brands, has paid a
penalty of $213,000 for violating consumer products regulations
that protect air quality, the Air Resources Board announced

The Houston, Texas-based company agreed to pay the fine after the
Air Resources Board determined that multiple hair gel products
that were sold and/or supplied by Midway Importing exceeded state
limits for volatile organic compounds.

These compounds are regulated by the Air Resources Board because
they react with other pollutants under sunlight to form
ground-level ozone, a main ingredient in smog. As a result of
direct sales to consumers, the products in question contributed
an estimated 23.9 tons of excess VOC emissions to California's

During routine inspections at retail outlets in California in
2010, Enforcement Division staff purchased Moco de Gorila Gel
Estilo Galan hair gel, also known as Gorilla Snot, manufactured
by Nattura Laboratorios of Mexico.

The product was tested by ARB's Monitoring and Laboratory
Division and found to have exceeded the VOC limit for hair
styling products. Further investigation revealed that other
similar hair gel products were imported into the U.S. and
distributed into California by Midway Importing.

As part of the settlement, Midway agreed not to sell, supply or
offer for sale for use in California, any consumer products in
violation of ARB consumer products regulations.

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