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Health Alert: 32 Aerosol Hair Products Recalled over Carcinogenic Chemical

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If you are one of the millions of people who use hair care products, it’s important for your health to read about the recent health risk alert. 32 hair care products have been recalled due to presence of benzene, the potentially cancer-causing chemical.

Radio Patriot reported on Wednesday that Procter & Gamble recalled 32 hair care products on December 17 after detecting benzene in them. The 32 products recalled are from various popular brands including Pantene, Herbal Essences, Aussie, and Waterless. The recalled products include shampoos, conditioners, and nourishing sprays.

The Sun published the full list of hair care products recalled by Procter & Gamble and included the statement:

We detected benzene in aerosol dry shampoo spray products and aerosol dry conditioner spray products. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the consumers who use our products and the quality of the products we ship.

The recall announcement means these products are not considered safe for health anymore and need to be disposed appropriately. The company added that people who purchased these products will get a refund.

Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Wednesday that Procter & Gamble is facing at least 17 federal lawsuits over the contamination of its Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant sprays with high levels of benzene. The story wrote:

Among the products tested by the lab, the highest amount of benzene was found in Old Spice Pure Sport antiperspirant and Secret Powder Fresh 24-Hour.

Benzene is frequently found in daily use products and remains a chemical of concern for health-conscious people. In October this year, FDA warned against using some brands of hand sanitizers due to presence of “unacceptable levels” of benzene and other cancer-causing chemicals like acetaldehyde and acetal contaminants. On her website, Dr. Jill Carnahan explains the health risks associated with exposure to benzene.

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