Recall of Brut, Sure deodorants after the discovery of benzene in a spray

Brut and Sure deodorants are shown in a photo released by the FDA.

Brut and Sure spray deodorants are being recalled nationwide after benzene, a human carcinogen, was found in the product.

Connecticut-based HRB Brands issued the voluntary recall on Wednesday after the toxic chemical was detected.

“Although benzene is not an ingredient in any of the recalled products, our review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the box,” the company said in a press release. “These products were owned and distributed by Helen of Troy Limited prior to June 7, 2021.”

See the products included in the recall below:

Mark Product Description UPC Expiration date
Raw Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 4 oz 00827755070085 On or before
August 2023
Raw Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6 oz 00827755070108 On or before
August 2023
Raw Classic Spray Deodorant, 154 g 00827755070177 On or before
August 2023
Raw Classic Deodorant Aerosol, 10 oz 00827755070047 On or before
August 2023
Sure Regular Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6 oz 00883484002025 On or before
August 2023
Sure 6 oz Unscented Antiperspirant Aerosol 00883484002278 On or before
August 2023

Benzene, which occurs naturally in volcanoes and wildfires, can also be found in crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is also widely used in the manufacturing industry to make lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides, but can cause serious health problems if ingested.

“Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and can lead to cancers including leukemia and bone marrow blood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders,” according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Symptoms of benzene poisoning include drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headache, tremors, vomiting, drowsiness, seizures, confusion, loss of consciousness and, at high levels, death.

The recalled sprays were all distributed nationally in the United States, with the exception of the Brut 154 g deodorant spray, which was distributed in Canada.

Anyone who has purchased the affected products should stop using them if the expiration date is August 2023 or earlier. Anyone with a medical condition that may be related to the product should contact their physician or health care provider.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall may contact TCP HOT Acquisition LLC by calling 1-866-615-0976 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. Consumers can also go to www.brutsurerecall2022.comExternal Link Disclaimer to request a product refund and for additional information.

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