: Dove, Suave, Bed Head among dry shampoos recalled for traces of potentially cancer-causing benzene

by | Oct 24, 2022 | Stock Market

Check your bathroom for select spray dry-shampoo brands including Dove, Suave, TRESemmé and TIGI’s Rockaholic and Bed Head — they’ve been voluntarily recalled after experts flagged the products for “potentially elevated levels” of benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer in humans with long-term exposure. The U.S. division of global consumer-products giant Unilever
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has issued the voluntary recall of 19 aerosol dry-shampoo products, the company announced last week. The recall affects select dry shampoos produced before October 2021. Retailers across the country have been told to remove the recalled dry shampoo from shelves, Unilever said.

Dry shampoo, typically sprayed or rubbed onto oil-prone areas of the scalp or hair, is marketed as a timesaver, and stylists often encourage clients to use it periodically instead of frequently shampooing hair in the shower or bath, which can damage hair or build up residue over the long run. Based on an independent health-hazard evaluation, daily exposure to benzene in the recalled hair products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences, Unilever said in its release. It said the company is recalling the products out of an abundance of caution. Unilever said it has received no reports of adverse events to date relating to this recall. A complete list of the affected products produced prior to October 2021, along with consumer UPC codes, can be found here. No other products from Unilever or its brands are affected by this recall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the long-term effects of benzene exposure can include life-threatening blood disorders, significant da …

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