It seems like there have been more and more recalls lately. These recalls range from household products, food items, hygiene products, and more. The latest round of recalls involves a chemical called benzene, which is classified as a human carcinogen.

What is Benzene?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Benzene is a chemical that is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. Benzene evaporates into the air very quickly. Its vapor is heavier than air and may sink into low-lying areas. Benzene dissolves only slightly in water and will float on top of water.”

A voluntary product recall has been issued by the Procter & Gamble Company. It includes products from “Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, and Waterless produced in the United States.” This includes “aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products.” These products join a “previously discontinued aerosol dry shampoo products from Old Spice and Hair Food, due to the presence of benzene detected in some products,” which was noted by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Wait, what? I use all of these name brands and many of their products. I use 6 of the recalled products that are listed below.

You might use these products as well. So I wanted to share the full list provided by Business Wire.

The aerosol dry conditioner spray products impacted are:

Production Code Ranges (to determine if product is in scope of recall)

Description

UPC

in the range of 0002-0248 or 9298-9350

Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth, 3.6oz.

37000543954

in the range of 0009-0069 or 9297-9350

Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Instant Moisture, 3.6oz.

37000543831

in the range of 0084-0085 or 9284-9361

Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth, .98oz.

37000544111

in the range of 0017-0100 or 9283-9284

Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Instant Moisture, .98oz.

37000544227

0038

Pantene Sultry Bronde All in One Luxury Mist, 4.9oz.

80878188710

in the range of 0183-0365 or 1042-1046

Pantene Smooth Talker Dry Conditioning Oil, 3.9oz.

80878192397

in the range of 0048-0336 or 1008-1218 or 9247-9349

Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist, 3.9oz.

80878190898

in the range of 9108-9303

Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist, 3.9oz.

80878188758

in the range of 0107-0262 or 9112-9288

Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist, 1.0oz.

80878188765

in the range of 0307 or 9263-9266

Pantene Gold Series Instant Nourishing Spray, 4.9oz.

80878188987

0021 or 1038 or in the range of 9294-9325

Aussie Smooth Vibes Dry Conditioner, 4.9oz.

381519187957

in the range of 9196-9246

Aussie Petal Soft Dry Conditioner, 4.9oz.

381519187544

in the range of 0014-0062 or 9198-9349

Aussie Sleekend Warrior Dry Conditioner, 4.9oz.

381519187537

The aerosol dry shampoo spray products impacted are:

Production Code Ranges (to determine if product is in scope of recall)

Description

UPC

in the range of 9047-9072

Herbal Essences Blue Ginger Refresh Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

190679001498

in the range of 0015-0314 or 1004-1019 or 9028-9348

Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mint Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

190679000262

in the range of 0167-0308 or 1105-1106 or 9049-9348

Herbal Essences White Strawberry & Sweet Mint Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

190679000255

0093 or 1075 or in the range of 9029-9294

Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

190679000248

in the range of 0036-0329 or 1019-1098 or 9023-9312

Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo, 1.7oz.

190679000330

in the range of 9009-9058

Pantene Dry Shampoo No Water Refresh, 4.9oz.

80878177042

in the range of 9025-9260

Pantene Dry Shampoo Sheer Volume, 4.9oz.

80878185276

in the range of 0006-0364 or 1074-1133 or 9157-9329

Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo, 4.2oz.

80878188727

in the range of 0139-0140

Aussie After Hours Dry Shampoo Texture Spray, 4.9oz.

381519187834

in the range of 0013-0300 or 1038 or 9189

Aussie Tousle Hustle Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

381519187285

in the range of 0013-00357 or 1018-1123 or 9189-9345

Aussie Bounce Back Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

381519187278

in the range of 9047-9123

Aussie Clean Color Protect Shampoo, 4.9oz.

381519187360

in the range of 9072-9176

Aussie Clean Texture Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

381519187285

9085

Aussie Clean Volume Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

381519187278

in the range of 0004-0357 or 9291-9344

Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue, 3.7oz.

37000543787

in the range of 0175-0176 or 9295-9297

Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue, 1oz.

37000543978

in the range of 0027-0192 or 9007

Hair Food Coconut Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

37000876717

in the range of 9046-9228

Old Spice Fiji Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

37000779421

in the range of 9040-9239

Old Spice Pure Sport Dry Shampoo, 4.9oz.

37000785170

Here is the part that makes me nervous, “Benzene is widely used in the United States. It ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume,” said the CDC.

In a risk statement posted on the FDA website it said that “exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening.” Also, they noted that “based on exposure modeling and the cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”

In good news, the FDA mentioned that “The Procter & Gamble Company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall and is conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution.”

Business Wire noted that if "If consumers have further questions, they can also seek more information via the Consumer Care team at 1-888-674-3631 from Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm EST."

(Source) Click here for more information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here for more details from Business Wire. Click here for more specifics from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

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