A voluntary recall of some of its products has been issued by The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). On Nov. 23, the recall was listed due to detectable levels of benzene, a known carcinogenic.
Although there have been no adverse effects reported due to use or exposure to their products, the company, out of an abundance of caution, wanted to alert its consumers to the situation. The IRIS database of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not anticipate the use of the recalled products to harm consumers’ health.
Which products are affected by the recall?
Consumers can review this list to determine whether they have purchased any of the recalled products, namely Secret and Old Spice aerosol spray products and spray antiperspirants. All lots involved in the recall have expiration dates that run through the end of September 2023.
All products were sold nationwide, both online and in retail stores. Those with questions can contact the company’s Consumer Care team at (888) 339-7689 to learn more about the recall and potential refunds.
What harm does benzene exposure cause?
Everyone is exposed to some degree of benzene in the environment. For instance, gasoline and cigarettes both contain benzene. As a human carcinogen, benzene exposure can lead to blood disorders like leukemia and bone marrow cancer. The chemical can be absorbed through the skin, taken orally and also inhaled.
While this exposure likely won’t affect consumers’ health to a great degree, there are many far more product safety failures and serious exposures to deadly chemicals in other recalls. If you experienced adverse health effects after using a recalled product, you may be able to be compensated for your losses and damages.