Avoid Using These Recalled Shampoos Due To Cancer Risk
If you or a family member is using a dry shampoo or conditioner, you might want to check the brand, just to be sure.
Consumer goods company Proctor & Gamble has launched a voluntary recall of 32 of its dry shampoos and conditioners after detecting benzene, a known carcinogen, in some of them, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Some of the company’s most famous brands of dry shampoos and spray conditioners will be phased out due to the presence of benzene. Brands like Old Spice, Pantene, and Herbal Essences, to name a few.
Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin, according to the FDA, and can lead to cancers, including leukemia and cancer of the blood of the bone marrow and life-threatening blood disorders. danger.
Fortunately, for now at least, Procter & Gamble has said it has not received any reports that the recalled products have caused any negative effects and that it is issuing the recall out of caution.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that benzene is a liquid chemical that has a sweet odor and is flammable. You may recall about a month ago, Proctor & Gamble issued a similar recall of 18 antiperspirant products from its Old Spice and Secret brands due to benzene contamination.
Once again, the recalled products include items of the Pantene, Herbal Essences, Old Spice, Hair Food, Aussie and Waterless brands. For the full and detailed list, click here.
Keep in mind that other products such as liquid shampoos or conditioners, hairsprays, and styling products are not part of the recall. Proctor & Gamble said this as part of a media statement:
While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our products, our review showed unexpected levels of benzene were coming from the propellant spraying the product out of the can. We have detected benzene in aerosol dry shampoo spray products and aerosol dry conditioner spray products. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the consumers who use our products and the quality of the products we ship.
Check the list and make sure you are safe. You can also find reimbursement information here. The FDA says consumers should stop using and properly dispose of affected aerosol dry conditioner spray products and affected aerosol dry shampoo spray products.
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