Some Old Spice aerosol products recalled due to detection of Benzene

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 2:11 PM

The US Food and Drug Administration issued the following bulletin this morning regarding a recall of certain Procter & Gamble aerosol products:

ISSUE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) is recalling all lots with expiry through September 2023 of specific Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and Old Spice Below Deck aerosol spray products due to the presence of benzene detected.

Risk Statement: Benzene is classified as 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 of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening.

Based on exposure modeling and the cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.

Procter & Gamble has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

For more information about this recall, click on the red button "Read Recall" below.

BACKGROUND: The affected products are used as antiperspirants and hygiene products.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
• Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the affected aerosol spray products.
• Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products.

Health professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
• Complete and submit the report online.
• Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

You can read the full recall here.

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