The Procter & Gamble Company has announced the voluntary recall of many products because of traces of benzene. However, P&G clarified that the levels of benzene detected cannot cause serious health damages. The recall is a precautionary measure.
Benzene is a known human carcinogen. Some forms of serious and life-threatening cancers, such as leukemia, blood cancer of the bone marrow, can result from exposure to benzene. They can get to the body through inhalation, orally, or through the skin. Human exposure to benzene is everywhere in our environment, but rarely at levels dangerous to human health.
The affected products are the aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products from Aussie, Pantene, Herbal Essences, and Waterl<ss. We should note that not all products from the Aussie, Pantene, Herbal Essences, and Waterl<ss lines are in the recall. We can use those products not on the list without fear.
However, if you are currently using the products listed, they advise you to discard them immediately.
Full list of the banned P&G Spray Products, Aerosols Dray Shampoos
The full list of the affected products, with the product code ranges, is available on the company website.
The company also clarified that benzene is not an ingredient in their production of these sprays. It was a review of the products that showed the unusual level of benzene in the propellant that sprays the product from the container.
P&G has previously stopped the production of some aerosol dry shampoo products from Old Spice and Hair Food because of the same benzene traces in them.