Recall Alert: Procter & Gamble Detects Benzene in Some Dry Shampoo Products

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If dry shampoo saves your mornings, pay attention to this news. The FDA announced that Procter & Gamble Company has issued a voluntary recall on aerosol dry shampoo and condition products from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences and Waterless. The recall is due to the presence of benzene, a known carcinogen, detected in some products.

All of the affected products are packaged in aerosol cans and the recall is extensive, so you’ll want to refer to the full statement for product names and UPC codes. The products were distributed nationwide through retail outlets and online and retailers have been alerted to remove the products from their shelves. If you’ve purchased one of the recalled shampoos or conditioners, you can get reimbursement by visiting each product’s specific website.

Procter & Gamble did a full review on the company’s portfolio of aerosol products to inform this recall. Unexpected levels of benzene resulted from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can. However, most other offerings, including mousses, hairsprays and styling products, are still safe to use.

You can be exposed to benzene through inhalation, orally or through the skin. It can cause cancers like leukemia and blood disorders. The recall notes that the levels of benzene found in the products would not be expected to adversely affect your health, but it’s the safe move to stop using them anyway.

—Sarah Shebek

Featured image courtesy of the FDA

 

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