Unilever PLC has recalled aerosol dry shampoos, including brands such as Dove, Nexxus, TRESemme, Suave and TIGI, because of the potential presence of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, as per a US FDA notice Friday, CNN Business reported earlier Monday.
“The affected products were produced prior to October 2021 and were distributed at retailers nationwide (in the US), the Food and Drug Administration said in an announcement Friday,” the report stated.
“They include products such as Dove Dry Shampoo Volume and Fullness, Dove Dry Shampoo Fresh Coconut, Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist and Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Refresh and Revive,” the report added.
‘Benzene is a Human Carcinogen’
The report further added: “Benzene is a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin, and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer, according to the recall notice”.
“Consumers should stop using the affected aerosol dry shampoo products and visit UnileverRecall.com for instructions on how to receive reimbursement for eligible products, the report further quoted the FDA statement.
Unilever did not immediately respond to a request for comment, as per the report.
‘Sunscreens like Neutrogena, Old Spice Have Also Been Shelved’
“In the past year and a half, a number of aerosol sunscreens have also been pulled from shelves, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena, Edgewell Personal Care Co.’s Banana Boat and Beiersdorf AG’s Coppertone along with spray-on antiperspirants like Procter & Gamble Co.’s Secret and Old Spice and Unilever’s Suave,” news agency Bloomberg stated in a separate report.
“The recalls were set off by findings of benzene in such products by an analytical lab called Valisure, based in New Haven, Connecticut, starting in May 2021,” the report added.
“The Problem Lies with the Propellants Used to Spray the Products from the Cans”
The problem with aerosols has largely appeared to be from the propellants used to spray the personal-care products from the cans. Unilever said this was the case with its dry shampoo recall. The company did not release the amount of benzene found in the products, though said it was recalling them out of an abundance of caution, according to the Bloomberg report.
The FDA, however, said “daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”
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