P&G recalls hair care sprays following benzene alert


By Julia Wray
20-Dec-2021

Consumer recall of certain dry conditioners and aerosol shampoos has been issued

Procter & Gamble has voluntarily recalled 32 of its conditioner sprays and dry shampoos due to the presence of carcinogenic benzene.

The recall, which was issued at the consumer level on Friday, December 17, includes aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products from its Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences and Waterless brands, products with United States, in addition to previously discontinued aerosols. dry shampoo products from Old Spice and Hair Food, also due to the detection of benzene.

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen and exposure to benzene by inhalation, oral use or through the skin can lead to cancers, including leukemia and cancer of the blood of the bone marrow, as well as others. life-threatening blood disorders.

The beauty and consumer goods giant has conducted a review of its aerosol product portfolio amid widespread concern over traces of benzene in aerosol products.

While P&G has pointed out that benzene is not an ingredient in any of its products, the company’s review showed unexpected levels of benzene were coming from the propellant spraying the product out of the can.

The list of all 32 complete products can be found on the P&G website and the company has pointed out that other products from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food and Waterless may continue to be used as intended.

Last week’s recall is not the first case of cosmetics being voluntarily withdrawn due to traces of benzene.

In November, P&G recalled 18 products from its Old Spice, Below Deck and Secret lines in the United States, all of which fell under the category of aerosolized body sprays or antiperspirants.

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Meanwhile, in October, Beiersdorf recalled some of its Coppertone sunscreen launches for the same reason, and Johnson & Johnson withdrew five aerosol sunscreens under its Neutrogena and Aveeno brands from retailers in July.

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