HRB Brands benzene deodorants

In November 2021, Valisure released the results of their research concerning the amounts of benzene present in spray deodorants and antiperspirants from several major US manufacturers. After analyzing 108 batches of products from 30 distinct brands, more than half were found to contain benzene in different concentrations. Products owned by HRB Brands displayed some of the highest levels of contamination. Benzene is considered a class 1 solvent that has no safe level of exposure. It is also a known carcinogen, strongly associated with leukemia and multiple other types of cancer. While the FDA may tolerate minute quantities of benzene at 2 parts per million (ppm) for therapeutic purposes in a limited range of drugs, and the EPA imposes a stricter 5 parts per billion (ppb) standard in drinking water, benzene isn't permitted in personal care products.

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Testing results

Valisure's eye-opening report uncovered benzene in several batches of Brut and Sure branded products owned by HRB Brands, exceeding FDA standards by 2 to 5 times.

  • Sure Lasts All Day Unscented Aerosol – 11.1ppm / 3.59ppm / 2.36ppm
  • Brut Classic, 24 Hr Protection – 4.13ppm/2.34ppm

It's important to note that even though benzene contamination was confirmed, the substance isn't actively used as an ingredient by manufacturers. Most probably, it's the results of propellants used to dispense the can's contents, which include alcohol, butane, propane, isobutane, and hydrofluorocarbon 152a.

HRB Brands recalls benzene deodorants and antiperspirants

On February 16, 2022, HRB Brands voluntarily recalled 6 Brut and Sure brand deodorants and antiperspirants "out of an abundance of caution."

  • Brut – Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 4oz
  • Brut – Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz
  • Brut – Classic Deodorant Aerosol, 154g
  • Brut – Classic Deodorant Aerosol, 10oz
  • Sure – Regular Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz
  • Sure – Unscented Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz

HRB Brands' liability

Whether intentional or not, benzene represents a severe health hazard, and manufacturers are ultimately responsible for their products' safety. If HRB Brands are found to have known about benzene contamination and disregarded the issue out of convenience or financial motivations, their actions may be deemed intentional, meaning they could face several negligence, strict liability, and product liability claims, including:

  • defective design
  • manufacturing defect
  • failure to warn
  • improper warning labels
  • consumer fraud
  • deceptive trade practices
  • negligence per se
  • gross negligence
  • fraudulent concealment
  • fraudulent misrepresentation
  • negligent misrepresentation
  • breach of implied warranties

Our legal experts can help you file a benzene deodorant claim

For over three decades, the experienced and knowledgeable legal experts at Environmental Litigation Group have helped clients who were injured by faulty and unsafe products. If you believe that your regular use of benzene-contaminated products is the cause of your acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) diagnosis, we can establish your claim's eligibility and the compensation you are owed.

To achieve this, we will only require that you provide us with the details surrounding your use of benzene deodorants and medical records that validate your diagnosis. This will allow us to handle the complicated legal proceedings on your behalf, keeping your involvement to a minimum and enabling you to focus on more important matters.