More antiperspirants recalled for carcinogenic chemical benzene

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There is another recall involving an aerosol health product due to the presence of benzene, a potentially carcinogenic chemical.

Editor’s note: The video above is from a similar recall in November 2021.

A popular brand of antiperspirant is being recalled because it may contain a potentially carcinogenic chemical. This is the latest such recall involving aerosol health and beauty products in recent months.

Unilever is recalling two versions of Suave 24-hour Protection Spray Antiperspirant. The company said an internal review revealed unexpected, slightly elevated levels of benzene from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.

  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder – 4 Ounce Cans with UPC 079400751508
  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder — 6-ounce cans with UPC 079400784902
  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh — 6 oz cans with UPC 079400785503

The recall affects all of the above products with expiration dates through September 2023. They were sold at retail stores nationwide and online.

Benzene can cause cancer, but Unilever said that, based on an independent health risk assessment, the amounts detected in the recalled antiperspirant are unlikely to cause health problems. It’s similar to recent recalls involving shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens and other antiperspirants.

Benzene is found in several different products that people are exposed to daily. the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this can include gasoline, cigarette smoke, plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers. It can also be used in certain types of lubricants, detergents and pesticides.

Anyone in possession of the recalled products is urged to discard them and contact Unilever at (866) 204-9756.

Those who have had problems with the recalled products are urged to report them to the Food and Drug Administration. MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

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