Exposure to benzene can lead to cancers, including leukemia and cancer of the blood of the bone marrow and blood disorders that can be life threatening.
The American company Procter & Gamble on Thursday, November 25, issued a voluntary recall of all batches of specific Old Spice and Secret aerosol antiperspirants sold in Canada due to the presence of benzene detected, explains a press release.
The affected products are packaged in aerosol cans and have been distributed nationwide through retail outlets and online. Retailers have been advised to withdraw the affected products, and Old Spice and Secret will offer a refund to customers who purchased them.
The company notes that “All other Old Spice and Secret products are not affected by this issue and can continue to be used as intended. This represents the vast majority of our products, including body spray, solid sticks, soft solids, and gel antiperspirants and deodorant products. “
To date, The Procter & Gamble Company has not received any adverse event reports related to this recall and is proceeding with this recall as a precaution.
What risk does benzene cause?
Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen.
Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, by mouth and through the skin and can lead to cancers, including leukemia and cancer of the blood of the bone marrow and life-threatening blood disorders.
Based on exposure modeling and cancer risk assessments published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in recalled products at levels detected during our tests should not have adverse health consequences.
What you should do
Immediately stop using and properly dispose of affected aerosol spray products.
Consumers who have questions regarding this recall can request more information from the P&G Consumer Support team at 888-339-7689. Consumers can also visit Old Spice Online or Secret Online for more information on affected products and how to get a refund for eligible products.
Contact your doctor if you have encountered any problems that may be related to the use of these products.
Adverse reactions or quality issues encountered while using this product can be reported to Health Canada online or by mail.
- Complete and submit the report online
- Regular Mail: Complete the online form, under the Mailing Options section, select “Print and Mail” and mail it to the address provided. For questions, call 1-866-662-0666.