Procter & Gamble joins a list of three other companies that had to recall consumer products this year because of the presence of benzene. Benzene is a known carcinogen.
The voluntary recall, issued on Dec. 17, affects 32 aerosol hair products across seven of the company’s brands. In a statement, Procter & Gamble said that no adverse events have been reported to date related to using these products. The recalled products are spray dry shampoo and conditioners from the following brands:
- Herbal Essences
- Old Spice
- Hair Food
Old Spice and Secret were also recalled on Nov. 23, 2021. Issuing a recall may minimize the product’s impact on an unsuspecting customer, but it does not absolve a company from liability for defective products.
Other Consumer Recalls for Benzene
Proctor & Gamble is just the latest company to warn consumers this year to stop using products because benzene was detected. All companies have said the cancer-causing ingredient wasn’t in the product itself. Benzene was found in the propellant that sprays the product. Other companies recalling products because of the presence of benzene include these household names:
- Coppertone (Beiersdorf): Recalled Coppertone sunscreen aerosol sunscreen spray products
- Bayer: Recalled Lotrimin and Tinactin antifungal spray products
- Johnson & Johnson: Recalled Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen products
The recalled products are sold throughout the U.S. in retail outlets and online.
What Should I Do if I Have a Recalled Product?
To determine whether you have a recalled product sitting in a bathroom cabinet, check out the product code, usually found on the bottom of the can. Compare that product code with the product codes associated with the P&G recall found on the company’s website. If your product matches the recall, you should discontinue using the product immediately. You are entitled to a full refund of your recalled product. Visit that product’s website to learn more about reimbursement for eligible products.
What Is Benzene?
Benzene, also known as benzol, is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor. It is used in manufacturing and is also found in nature. Benzene evaporates into the air very quickly and is highly flammable. The chemical compound is a byproduct of crude oil.
How Is Benzene Dangerous to Humans?
Benzene can cause cancer in people. Cancers linked to benzene include leukemia, blood cancer of the bone marrow, and other life-threatening blood disorders. Benzene can also be passed from mother to unborn baby through the bloodstream. Effects on a baby are unknown.
How Are Humans Exposed to Benzene?
Exposure happens most often when the chemical compound is unknowingly inhaled. Benzene can also be absorbed through the skin and gastrointestinal tract. Common sources of benzene exposure include the following:
- Tobacco Smoke
- Automobile Exhaust
- Vapors from Glues & Paints
- Gases from Furniture Wax & Some Detergents
What Are the Symptoms of Benzene Poisoning?
Blood tests can confirm benzene exposure. Typical symptoms of benzene exposure can include the following:
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Unconsciousness and Death
Legal Counsel to Hold Companies Accountable
Even when a product is recalled, companies can still be held financially liable for any injury caused by their defective products. At Percy Law Group, PC, our attorneys have held companies and corporations accountable for more than 30 years. Manufacturers, designers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers can be liable for dangerous and defective products.
If we take your case, we will fully and aggressively pursue rightful compensation for the damage caused. We put our immense resourcefulness and knowledge to work for every client.
If you have been injured or harmed by a defective product, contact us to discuss your case. Schedule your free consultation by calling (508) 206-9900 or by submitting our online form.