Proctor and Gamble recalls 18 Old Spice and Secret aerosol deodorants after cancer-causing chemical benzene is detected
- Proctor and Gamble has recalled 18 Old Spice and Secret aerosol deodorants
- All products dated up to September 2023 have been recalled for containing benzene, which can cause blood cancers and leukemia
- The most common ways of being exposed to the chemical are through cigarettes and gasoline
- Customers will be able to receive a refund and retailers have been notified
Eighteen Old Spice and Secret deodorant sprays have been recalled because the products contain benzene, which has been linked to leukemia and blood cancers.
Cincinnati-based parent company Proctor and Gamble (P&G) released a ‘voluntary’ recall list of 18 aerosol deodorants on November 23.
Recalled products include the Old Spice Pure Sport gift set, as well as popular scents like Swagger and Powder Fresh.
P&G will be taking all products with an expiration date up to September 2023 off the shelves in the U.S.
The company did state that the levels of benzene in the products have a low chance of causing consumers harm.
Benzene is considering a human carcinogen.
‘[The] daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,’ the company wrote in a statement published on the FDA website.
Old Spice Pure Sport aerosol deodorant, as well as 17 other Old Spice and Secret products, have been ‘voluntarily’ recalled for containing benzene, which has been linked to blood cancers and leukemia. Its parent company Proctor and Gamble said its products have not caused ‘adverse events’ and it does not expect it too, but all products dated up to September 2023 are being pulled from shelves and customers can receive a refund
Recalled products include the Old Spice Pure Sport gift set, as well as popular scents like Swagger and Powder Fresh
The company also stated that it has not received any reports that its products have caused ‘adverse events.’
Humans are exposed to benzene daily, the company said, which can occur through ‘inhalation, orally, and through the skin.’
The most common ways one is exposed to benzene are through cigarettes and gasoline, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Benzene can also be found in glues, adhesives, cleaning products and paint strippers.
Exposure to benzene can lead to ‘leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening,’ P&G stated.
The company has already notified retailers to remove these products and consumers can receive refunds for the recalled products.
Cincinnati-based parent company Proctor and Gamble (P&G) released a ‘voluntary’ recall list of 18 aerosol deodorants on November 23