December 20, 2021
Procter & Gamble has withdrawn more than 30 aerosol spray products due to concerns about benzene levels, which are known to cause cancer.
Some of the products have the names of the brands Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Waterless and Old Spice and Hair Food, according to P&G in a statement published on US Food and Drug Administration website.
A full list of recalled products can be found on the FDA and company website. People who have bought products should throw them away. Consumers can get a refund by filling out a form on the company’s website or by calling the hotline at 1-888-674-36319.
“Based on exposure modeling and cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in recalled products at the levels found in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health effects,” stands in the announcement.
“To date, Procter & Gamble Company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this withdrawal and is conducting this withdrawal out of sheer caution.”
This is a company second revocation in less than a month. On Nov. 23, it announced it was withdrawing 18 Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant spray aerosols and Old Spice Below Deck aerosol spray products due to concerns about benzene.
People can be exposed to benzene by inhalation, orally and through the skin, the announcement said. Benzene can cause cancers such as leukemia and bone marrow cancer, as well as blood disorders