P&G recalls conditioners and dry conditioners for possible benzene
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Procter & Gamble Company has issued a voluntary recall of several dry conditioners and conditioners after benzene was detected in testing.
The recall includes the P&G Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences and Waterless brands.
They were produced in the United States and sold nationwide in retail outlets as well as online.
“Based on exposure modeling and cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database),” a statement from Procter & Gamble said, “daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at levels detected during our testing would not be expected to have adverse health consequences.
“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. “
The company reports that it had previously phased out spray dry shampoo products from Old Spice and Hair Food.
Why these conditioners and dry shampoos were recalled
Procter & Gamble said it has started a review of its aerosol products after reports of “traces of benzene” in some aerosol products.
They determined that “unexpected levels” of benzene were coming from the propellant spraying the product out of the can.
How to claim reimbursement for dry conditioners and shampoos
The products are in the form of aerosol cans. By consulting this table, you can find the product names, as well as the UPC and production code ranges of the affected products.
The details of the production code can be found at the bottom of the box. The first four digits of the production code are what consumers should check to determine if they have purchased a potentially impacted product.
What is Benzene
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, benzene is a colorless chemical that has a sweet odor. It is classified as carcinogenic to humans and is highly flammable.
Volcanoes and forest fires create benzene. Human activities associated with benzene include the creation of plastics, resins, certain types of lubricants, dyes, detergents and pesticides.
The CDC reports that a major source of exposure to benzene is tobacco smoke.