Some Old Spice, Secret aerosol sprays recalled over benzene contamination

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Certain batches of antiperspirant and deodorant sprays from brands including Old Spice, Secret, Equate, Suave, Tag, Sure, Right Guard and Brute contain unsafe levels of benzene, a carcinogen, according to a report in early November by independent drug testing company Valisur. In response, Procter & Gamble is recalling some old Spice and Secret aerosol sprays.

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conflict with benzene According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prolonged exposure to the blood can cause problems with the immune system, bone marrow and blood, including cancer.

According to Recall notice published on Tuesday The US Food and Drug Administration is recalling Secret and Old Spice sprays that are used as hygiene or antiperspirant products and have an expiration date of September 23. Details about the recalled products, including photos of the spray bottles, can be found at Secret’s website As well as Old Spice Website, If you own one of the products being recalled, you should discontinue use and Dispose of it “appropriately”, Procter & Gamble said that other Old Spice or Secret products cannot be included in the recall. No adverse events have been reported on the recalled products.


According to the CDC, benzene is widely used in the US. It is used to make certain types of lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, and more. However, given that it is a known carcinogen, the US Food and Drug Administration states that the chemical should not be used in pharmaceutical products (antiperspirants are generally regulated as drug products, according to Valiser, While deodorants are regulated as cosmetic products). If benzene is used”indispensable to produce a pharmaceutical product, “Levels should be kept to 2 parts per million. Benzene is not required to make sunscreens or antiperspirant and deodorant sprays.

one in civil petition Written on November 3, Valisure asked the FDA to recall 38 batches of body spray. The company also asked the FDA to issue guidance for benzene in aerosol body spray products, review current guidance for body spray products, and address similar requests. According to the CDC, benzene very quickly evaporates into the air.

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One hundred and eight batches of 30 different brands of products were tested for benzene, per Walser reports, and 54% of the batches contained at least some chemical. The highest benzene in a batch of Old Spice’s Pure Sport antiperspirant was 17.7 parts per million.

Brands of antiperspirants and deodorants that were found to contain 2 parts per million or more of benzene can be found in Table 2 in Valisure’s petition to the FDA, Antiperspirants and deodorants found to be between 0.1 ppm and 2 ppm of benzene can be found in Table 3. Most of the products on the list are for underarm use, but a couple are marketed as body sprays or vaginal spray,

If you see your own deodorant or antiperspirant on the list, check the lot number on your product to see if it was tested and whether it is contaminated. Valisure is asking the FDA to recall the products in Tables 2 and 3, but the agency has not listed any company recalls at this time. When products are recalled by a company, customers are usually asked to dispose of the contaminated products. For aerosol cans, you may need Check Your Local Guidelines For disposal information.

Last May, Valisure was tested Sunscreens from brands including Neutrogena and found that some batches also contained unsafe amounts of benzene. In response, Johnson & Johnson announced on 14 July that it was voluntarily recall Choose Neutrogena And aveeno aerosol spray sunscreenVery carefullyBeersdorf-owned Coppertone released remember the same on 30 september some aerosol spray Sunscreen.

The FDA said in a statement regarding Valizer’s petition, “When we identify drug quality flaws that pose a potential risk to patients, we are determined to understand the issues and make our best recommendation to the public as quickly and as possible.” Make every effort to provide accurately.” “We will continue to investigate and work to ensure that these types of inaccuracies do not exceed acceptable limits.”

High Ridge Brands (Brut, Sure), My Products USA (TAG), Thriving Brands (Right Guard), Unilever (Suave) and Walmart (Equate) did not respond to requests for comment when this story was first published.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be health or medical advice. Always consult with a physician or other qualified health provider with respect to any questions you may have about a medical condition or health purposes.

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