Procter & Gamble recalls some Old Spice, Secret aerosol antiperspirants for possible cancer-causing substance

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P&G tells consumers to discard products, get refund. (FDA Photo)

NEW YORK CITY (WKBT) — The Procter & Gamble Co. voluntarily recalled several specific Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and Old Spice Below Deck aerosol spray products because they may contain the carcinogen benzene.

The company recalled all lots of the 18 products with expiration dates through September 2023, according to statements from P&G the federal Food and Drug Administration.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the United States through retail outlets and online. All other Old Spice and Secret products are not affected and can be used, said the company, which notified retailers to remove the products from shelves.

Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally and through the skin, the company acknowledged in its announcement this week. It can result in cancers, including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders that can be life-threatening.

However, the company noted that daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in company testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences, based on exposure models and cancer risk assessments from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Procter & Gamble has not received any reports of adverse events related the products but is conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution, the company said.

Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources, according to the FDA.

Old Spice and Secret will offer reimbursement to consumers who bought the products. Consumers should stop using and discard the affected products appropriately.

Customers can fill out an online FDA form or contact a hotline at (888) 339-7689 from 8 to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
Recalled products, with UPC codes listed first, include:

012044001912 — Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport 12/6oz
012044044759 — Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 3.8oz
037000729747 — Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Pure Sport Plus 12/3.8oz
037000730347 — Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 12/3.8oz
037000749479 — Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Ult Captain 12/3.8oz
037000695714 — Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Unscented 12/4.9oz
037000695707 — Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Fresh Air 12/4.9oz
037000586906 — Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh Twin Pack
037000711087 — Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/6OZ
037000711094 — Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/4OZ
037000723721 — Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Waterlily 3.8oz
037000729860 — Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Lavender 12/3.8oz
037000729914 — Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Water Lily 12/3.8oz
037000729921 — Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Light Essentials 12/3.8oz
037000798842 — Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Rose 12/3.8oz
037000747642 — Secret Outlast Inv Spray Completely Clean 12/3.8oz
037000747727 — Secret Outlast Inv Spray Protecting Powder 12/3.8oz
012044048535 — Old Spice Pure Sport 2021 Gift Set

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