More than 30 aerosol dry shampoos and conditioners are part of a voluntarily recall from Proctor and Gamble issued on Friday (Dec. 17). The recall is due to concerns regarding the levels of benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer.
The brands P&G is recalling select Pantene, Herbal Essences, Aussie and Waterless products sold in the United States, according to an announcement sent out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Previously discontinued aerosol dry shampoo products from Old Spice and Hair Food are also included in the recall.
“Following recent reports that indicated traces of benzene in some aerosol spray products, we began a review of our total portfolio of aerosol products,” the FDA said in the recall note. “While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our products, our review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.”
They added, “We detected benzene in aerosol dry shampoo spray products and aerosol dry conditioner spray products. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the consumers who use our products and the quality of the products we ship.”
The FDA added that products recalled have been distributed nationwide via retail outlets and online. Retailers have already been told to remove the recalled products from their shelves. Consumers are able to get a refund by contacting the brands.
“Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the affected aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products,” the FDA advises. For more information on the recalls and to view the full line of products part of the recall, read the FDA’s announcement here. For additional questions, the FDA asks consumers to contact the Consumer Care team at 1-888-674-3631.