Old Spice and Secret products may contain benzene, a carcinogen


Procter & Gamble (P&G) is retiring from the market 18 Old Spice sprays and Çsecret different after a detected chemical substance carcinogenic in some of the products.

Why It Matters: This isn’t the first time in 2021 that a benzene-related recall has been issued. Jhonson & Jhonson recalled Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens in July, and in October, Coppertone recalled five of its spray sunscreens.

P&G products continue to have problems



P&G recalled products sold in the United States with an expiration date through September 2023, and retailers have been notified to remove the products from the shelves. P&G said in a statement that the company has not received any reports of adverse events related to the recall, but will continue to exercise extreme caution.

High levels of exposure to benzene can cause cancer, as well as more immediate effects such as dizziness and a fast or irregular heartbeat. People who have purchased the products must dispose of them while the company offers refunds by completing an online form.

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and can result in cancers such as leukemia and blood cancers of the bone marrow and blood disorders that can be life-threatening.



Based on the exposure model and cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in recalled products would not be expected to be at levels detected in testing cause adverse health consequences.

To date, The Procter & Gamble Company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall and is conducting it with great caution.

These products have been distributed in the US through online and in-store sales. All other Old Spice and Secret products are not affected by this issue and can continue to be used as intended, according to the company.

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