Dry Shampoos Recalled over Cancer Risk
Unilever, the well-known manufacturer of many famous soap and shampoo brands – has recalled a number of its dry shampoos due to high level of benzene – a chemical linked to cancer. Popular shampoo brand Dove is also included in the list of the recalled products.
CNET reported that an internal investigation by Unilever found elevated levels of benzene in multiple shampoo brands, caused by the propellant in the aerosol cans. Benzene is known as a potentially cancer-causing chemical, especially linked to cases of leukemia and cancer of blood-forming organs.
On learning about the elevated levels of benzene in its shampoos, Unilever recalled multiple dry shampoo products manufactured before October 2021. The recalled products include: Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head) and Tresemmé dry shampoo aerosols. Retail stores across the United States have been notified to remove these shampoos.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted Unilever’s recall announcement on its website on October 21, 2022. It posted the complete list of the dry shampoos recalled by the company and asked consumers who may have further questions to contact Unilever U.S. by calling (877) 270-7412, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.
Previously, multiple famous shampoo brands have been recalled over cancer risk due to presence of benzene in the products. In December last year, 32 hair care products were recalled by Procter & Gamble including aerosol dry shampoo spray products and aerosol dry conditioner spray products.