Concerns over a cancer-causing ingredient have prompted the recall of Herbal Essences and Pantene aerosol products.
In the United States, Procter & Gamble has recalled 32 aerosol-spray hair-care products after amounts of benzene, a carcinogen, were discovered in several of them.
The dry shampoos and dry conditioners were offered online and in shops throughout the United States by many of the consumer goods giant’s well-known brands, including Pantene, Aussie, and Herbal Essences.
In a press statement issued Friday, the business said that it has received no complaints of the items harming users’ health, and that “daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels discovered in our tests would not be anticipated to create adverse health repercussions.”
The corporation did not reply to The Washington Post’s request for comment.
After receiving “reports that revealed levels of benzene in several aerosol spray products,” Procter & Gamble began an examination of its aerosol product line. It found “unexpected quantities of benzene” in spray-on dry shampoo and dry conditioner products, which it attributed to “the propellant that sprays the product out of the container.”
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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, benzene “may impair the immune system by altering blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells,” and “can cause the body’s cells to malfunction.” It may be present in outdoor air near autos or industrial areas, as well as inside, in cigarette smoke and items like paint and detergents.
“Benzene exposure may occur by inhalation, orally, or through the skin, and it can cause malignancies such as leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow, as well as blood problems that can be life-threatening,” according to Procter & Gamble.
Customers who were impacted by the recall may ask for a refund, and the business recommended them to cease using and dispose of the recalled items as soon as possible. It said that none of its other brands’ goods were affected by the recall.
The company’s press announcement was also uploaded on the FDA’s website, along with a complete list of the recalled items and their manufacturing numbers.
Following the discovery of benzene in certain Old Spice and Secret aerosol deodorants, as well as Old Spice Below Deck aerosol spray products marketed in North America, Procter & Gamble issued a recall in November.
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