USA: Due to the presence of a carcinogenic chemical, two brands of deodorants were withdrawn from the market

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen (Photo: Getty) (unknown /)

Procter & Gamble Co. is voluntarily recalling all lots expiring through September 2023 of its Old Spice and Secret brand antiperspirant aerosols and Old Spice Below Deck aerosol products sold in the United States, because the presence of benzene, a liquid chemical, the exposure of which could increase the risk of developing leukemia and other blood diseases was detectedaccording to the National Cancer Institute of the United States.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to an FDA statement that released this voluntary product recall, benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur from inhalation, orally and through the skin and can result in cancers like leukemia and cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders that can be life-threatening.

“Taking into account the exposure model and cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), Daily exposure to benzene in recalled products at the levels detected in our tests would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences”Assured the FDA.

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The lots that are being retired

“Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world are exposed to it daily indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. To date, The Procter & Gamble Company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall and is conducting it with great caution.”Highlighted the FDA.

The recalled products were distributed throughout the United States through retail stores and online. All other Old Spice and Secret products are not affected by this issue and can continue to be used as intended.

Procter & Gamble Company has notified its retailers to remove products from the shelves. Old Spice and Secret will also offer refunds to consumers who have purchased products affected by this recall. As specified in the statement, consumers should stop using and properly dispose of affected aerosol products.

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Illustrative image of Old Spice products (Photo: Bloomberg) (Daniel Acker /)

This is not the first voluntary withdrawal of 2021. In June, Johnson & Johnson decided to recall five products Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen spray after detecting the same carcinogenic chemical in some samples.

Daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at levels detected in our tests should not cause adverse health consequences”, The company had said.

The aerosol sunscreens recalled on that occasion were Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, and Aveeno Protect + Refresh.

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