FDA Citizen Petition #6: Benzene in Body Spray Products

On November 4, 2021, Valisure announced the detection of high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of antiperspirant body sprays, which are considered drug products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as in deodorant body spray products, which FDA generally regulates as cosmetics.

Valisure analyzed 108 unique batches from 30 different brands. Even within a single brand, significant variability from batch to batch variability was observed. 24 lots of body spray products from 8 brands contained between 2.24 – 17.7 ppm of benzene; 14 lots of 8 brands included detectable benzene between 0.20 – 1.89 ppm; and 21 lots contained detectable benzene. Benzene was not detected in an additional 49 lots of body sprays from 19 different brands.

These benzene results in body spray products resulted in the recalls of Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice, Secret, Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, & Waterl<ss products, and Sure & Brut products.

Related documents from Valisure:

  • Attachment A – Resolution from the American College of Cardiology regarding independent testing.
  • Please read about Responsible Disposal of Potentially Contaminated Products.
  • Complete Petition – Contains lists of products where benzene was detected and not detected.

Media highlights:

FDA Citizen Petition #6: Benzene in Body Spray Products

November 4, 2021

On November 4, 2021, Valisure announced the detection of high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of antiperspirant body sprays, which are considered drug products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as in deodorant body spray products, which FDA generally regulates as cosmetics.

Valisure analyzed 108 unique batches from 30 different brands. Even within a single brand, significant variability from batch to batch variability was observed. 24 lots of body spray products from 8 brands contained between 2.24 – 17.7 ppm of benzene; 14 lots of 8 brands included detectable benzene between 0.20 – 1.89 ppm; and 21 lots contained detectable benzene. Benzene was not detected in an additional 49 lots of body sprays from 19 different brands.

These benzene results in body spray products resulted in the recalls of Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice, Secret, Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, & Waterl<ss products, and Sure & Brut products.

Related documents from Valisure:

  • Attachment A – Resolution from the American College of Cardiology regarding independent testing.
  • Please read about Responsible Disposal of Potentially Contaminated Products.
  • Complete Petition – Contains lists of products where benzene was detected and not detected.

Media highlights:

FDA Citizen Petition #6: Benzene in Body Spray Products

On November 4, 2021, Valisure announced the detection of high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of antiperspirant body sprays, which are considered drug products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as in deodorant body spray products, which FDA generally regulates as cosmetics.

Valisure analyzed 108 unique batches from 30 different brands. Even within a single brand, significant variability from batch to batch variability was observed. 24 lots of body spray products from 8 brands contained between 2.24 – 17.7 ppm of benzene; 14 lots of 8 brands included detectable benzene between 0.20 – 1.89 ppm; and 21 lots contained detectable benzene. Benzene was not detected in an additional 49 lots of body sprays from 19 different brands.

These benzene results in body spray products resulted in the recalls of Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice, Secret, Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, & Waterl<ss products, and Sure & Brut products.

Related documents from Valisure:

  • Attachment A – Resolution from the American College of Cardiology regarding independent testing.
  • Please read about Responsible Disposal of Potentially Contaminated Products.
  • Complete Petition – Contains lists of products where benzene was detected and not detected.

Media highlights:

On November 4, 2021, Valisure announced the detection of high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of antiperspirant body sprays, which are considered drug products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as in deodorant body spray products, which FDA generally regulates as cosmetics.

Valisure analyzed 108 unique batches from 30 different brands. Even within a single brand, significant variability from batch to batch variability was observed. 24 lots of body spray products from 8 brands contained between 2.24 – 17.7 ppm of benzene; 14 lots of 8 brands included detectable benzene between 0.20 – 1.89 ppm; and 21 lots contained detectable benzene. Benzene was not detected in an additional 49 lots of body sprays from 19 different brands.

These benzene results in body spray products resulted in the recalls of Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice, Secret, Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, & Waterl<ss products, and Sure & Brut products.

Related documents from Valisure:

  • Attachment A – Resolution from the American College of Cardiology regarding independent testing.
  • Please read about Responsible Disposal of Potentially Contaminated Products.
  • Complete Petition – Contains lists of products where benzene was detected and not detected.

Media highlights:

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