Procter & Gamble, one of the largest chemical manufacturers of personal care products in the world, has issued a sweeping recall for 32 widely used brands due to the detected presence of the cancer-linked chemical benzene.
The voluntary recall impacts numerous recognized products, such as: Pantene, Herbal Essence, Aussie and Old Spice. The full list is available on the FDA website. The company explained the reason for the recall in an announcement.
“The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) today issued a voluntary product recall to the consumer level of aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, and Waterless produced in the United States, 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,” the company said.
It provided a reason in a “risk statement” about the detected presence of benzene in the products.
“Risk Statement: Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen,” the company said. “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.
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