More than 30 aerosol hair care products possibly containing benzene, a carcinogen, have been recalled by Procter & Gamble.
According to P&G’s recall notice last Friday, affected items include various dry conditioners and dry shampoos from Pantene, Old Spice, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, Waterless and Aussie brands. Photos of the affected products can be seen below, while a full list of recalled items with their corresponding production code numbers can be found. here.
In a statement, P&G said the affected products are unlikely to expose people to levels of benzene high enough to cause health problems. Although the company noted that it had “received no reports of adverse events” following the use of the affected items, it still decided to go ahead with the recall out of “extreme caution. “.
As stated in the recall notice, “Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally and through the skin and can lead to cancers including leukemia and cancer of the bone marrow blood and disorders potentially life-threatening blood”.
Retailers have already been advised to remove the affected products from store shelves. During this time, people who purchased the recalled items are urged to discard them and contact P&G Customer Service at 1-888-674-36319 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET for a full refund.
To allay customer concerns, P&G has made it clear that other products from the affected brands that were not mentioned in the recall notice “may continue to be used as intended, including dry shampoo aerosols with ranges of production codes different from those specifically communicated.
P&G’s latest recall notice comes less than a month after the company issued a similar recall for more than a dozen Old Spice and Secret brand aerosol deodorants and sprays, warning that the products may also contain benzene.
Source: P&G, CNN