P&G Aerosol Dry Conditioner Spray Products and Aerosol Dry Shampoo Spray Products Recalled Due To The Presence of Benzene Detected In Some Products
A December 17, 2021 FDA recall alert stated that Procter & Gamble (“P&G”) is recalling aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, and Waterless in addition to previously discontinued aerosol dry shampoo products from Old Spice and Hair Food, due to the presence of benzene detected in some products.
Risk Statement & Recommendations
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 our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.
To date, Procter & Gamble has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall and is conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution.
The FDA MedWatch alert recommends that consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the affected aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products.
To read P&G’s recall announcement, please click P&G Issues Voluntary Recall of Aerosol Dry Conditioner Spray Products and Aerosol Dry Shampoo Spray Products.