By Treven Pyles
Posted on August 01st, 2022
Following Valisure's disclosure regarding the benzene contents of popular US deodorants, 9 Procter & Gamble products sold under the Old Spice and Secret brands were found to be contaminated in variable amounts. Although this prompted a reaction from the manufacturer, it was influenced mainly by the response of scandalized consumers.
Benzene is classified as a toxic class 1 solvent and carcinogen known to produce multiple life-threatening conditions such as leukemia. Despite the FDA tolerating a 2ppm (parts per million) concentration in specific therapeutic drugs, benzene has no safe level of exposure. Valisure's results show that 9 P&G deodorant products exceeded the 2ppm standard, with some as high as 17.7 ppm.
Benzene is not an ingredient used by P&G or any other manufacturer in the production of deodorants; rather, Valisure considers that benzene contamination is most likely the result of propellants used in body sprays, like hydrofluorocarbon 152a, isobutane, butane, propane, and alcohol.
After benzene contamination came to light, outraged consumers began filing class action complaints against the liable manufacturers. P&G reacted by issuing a recall of 18 Secret and Old Spice products on November 23, 2021, "out of an abundance of caution," including 24 and 48-hour deodorants with benzene concentrations below 2ppm as reported by Valisure:
Although P&G's recall could be considered an ethical measure, it was issued almost 3 weeks after Valisure's petition and only after consumers began pursuing legal action. Consequently, the numerous customer class-action complaints became part of a multi-district litigation suit, prompting P&G to settle matters out of court for an undisclosed amount in May 2022.
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