- Procter & Gamble is recalling 18 types of its Old Spice and Secret deodorants because they contain a cancer-causing chemical.
- Aerosol deodorants have been sold in stores and online across the country.
- The FDA said the products may contain benzene, which is known to cause cancers and other blood disorders.
Benzene is a chemical that is classified as a human carcinogen. According to a risk statement cited by the Associated Press, exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin. It can cause life-threatening cancers, such as leukemia and cancer of the bone marrow, and blood disorders.
Recall of Old Spice: What about the products that have been used?
Based on the exposure model and cancer risk assessments published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products is not expected to cause adverse health consequences.
Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world are exposed to it daily from multiple sources indoors and outdoors. To date, Procter & Gamble has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall and is conducting it with great caution.
What are the products that contain benzene?
According to ABC7 News, the products containing chemical benzene and being recalled are those whose expiration date is September 2023. These include batches 037000728870 (Old Spice, Sweat Defense “Pure Sport Plus” Dry Spray), 037000728863 (Old Spice, Sweat Defense “Stronger Swagger” Dry Spray), and 012044029053 (Old Spice, Sweat Defense “Ultimate Captain” Dry Spray).
Also included in the recall are some antiperspirants from the Secret brand: 056100008965 (Secret Baby Powder Spray Antiperspirant), 037000747765 (Secret Outlast Completely Clean Dry Antiperspirant Spray), 037000747826 (Secret Outlast Protecting Powder Dry Antiperspirant Spray), 037000729587 (Secret Dry Spray Antiperspirant Lavender), and 037000729600 (Secret Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant Waterlily).
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