The British consumer goods company Unilever has announced the withdrawal of two Suave aerosol antiperspirant products due to a discovery that they contain high levels of benzene.
It is most recent in an increasing number of companies who have withdrawn their items over carcinogens found within sampled batches.
The nationwide withdrawal has been announced for two types of antiperspirants: Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder in 4 ounces and 6 ounces and Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh in 6 ounces, with expiration dates running through September 2023.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies benzene as a known human carcinogen for all routes of exposure, and it’s found in gasoline and cigarette smoke.
“While benzene is not an ingredient in any of the recalled products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can,” stated the company.
Benzene exposure, such as inhalation, oral, or through the skin, can cause cancer, like leukemia and blood cancer. And according to Unilever, humans come across it every day.
The Unilever recall website can help you identify if your products are included in the list. You must stop using them immediately and throw out this product if they are on the list.
In October 2021, Suave’s 24-hour protection antiperspirant sets were suspended on business grounds, according to Unilever.
Unilever said that they would be refunding consumers who have been negatively impacted by this decision. The company did not provide any additional comments on the matter.
Unilever isn’t the first company to go through this process; countless others have come before them.
Procter & Gamble issued a recall in December of 32 dry shampoo and conditioner products due to the presence of benzene in a few of them. Afterward, Coppertone followed in October, withdrawing five of its aerosol sunscreen products. And in July, Johnson & Johnson withdrew five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen products.
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