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Dry shampoo recalled over potential cancer-causing ingredient

Unilever says it is recalling dry shampoo aerosol merchandise offered nationwide as a result of they could include elevated ranges of benzene, a human carcinogen. The recall is the most recent of half a dozen thus far this year, with the cancer-causing chemical displaying up in merchandise together with deodorant, hand sanitizer and sunscreen.

The newest recall consists of dry shampoo aerosol merchandise made earlier than October 2021 from manufacturers Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head), and TRESemmé, the company mentioned in a notice revealed on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A whole listing of affected merchandise and UPC codes may be discovered here.

An inside probe recognized the propellant because the supply and Unilever labored with its propellant suppliers to handle the problem, it said. 

Those who bought the affected aerosol dry shampoo merchandise ought to cease utilizing them and go to UnileverRecall.com for reimbursement directions. 

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Photo of some merchandise recalled by Unilever.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


The recall is the second this year for Unilever involving a product presumably containing benzene. The conglomerate sells roughly 400 merchandise across the globe, from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to Hellmann’s mayonnaise.

Exposure to benzene can lead to cancers together with leukemia and blood most cancers of the blood marrow, in addition to life-threatening blood problems. Daily publicity to benzene within the recalled merchandise on the ranges detected in testing “would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,” Unilever mentioned.

Commonly discovered chemical

One of probably the most generally made chemical substances within the U.S., benzene is current in gasoline and cigarette smoke, in accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People are most sometimes uncovered by respiration the chemical within the air, however they’ll additionally take in it into their our bodies by touching petroleum merchandise, or by consuming or consuming contaminated meals or drinks. 

Unilever in late March recalled two Suave 24-hour safety aerosol antiperspirants after an inside assessment discovered barely elevated ranges of benzene in some samples. 

Four different corporations have recalled merchandise this year after discovering benzene in samples, and greater than half a dozen recollects got here for a similar motive final year

In December, as an example, Procter & Gamble recalled aerosol dry shampoo and conditioner spray merchandise from six manufacturers offered nationwide after discovering benzene in a few of them. 

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