Nov 27, 2021 - Health

Procter & Gamble recalls some Old Spice, Secret products over cancer-causing chemical

Old Spice spray
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Procter & Gamble is recalling 18 different Old Spice and Secret aerosol sprays after a cancer-causing chemical was detected in some of the products.

Why it matters: This isn't the first time in 2021 that a benzene-related recall has been issued. Johnson & Johnson recalled spray-on Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens in July, and in October, Coppertone recalled five of its aerosol sunscreens.

Details: P&G recalled products sold in the United States with an expiration date through September 2023, and retailers have been notified to pull the products from shelves.

  • P&G said in a statement that the company hasn't received any reports of adverse events related to the recall but will continue to act with an abundance of caution.
  • High levels of exposure to benzene can cause cancer, as well as more immediate effects like dizziness and rapid or irregular heartbeats.
  • People who have purchased the products should throw them away while the company is offering refunds by filling out an online form.
  • The full list of recalled products can be found here.
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