Benzene Found in Dry Shampoos Prompts Recall

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Valisure, a Connecticut-based independent testing laboratory, filed an FDS Citizen Petition after finding quantifiable levels of benzene in 70% of the dry shampoo samples it tested. Benzene is recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the World Health Organization, and other regulatory agencies as a known human carcinogen. Benzene toxicity in humans has been well-established for over 120 years and has been linked to the development of cancers of the blood-forming organs, including leukemia, at continued exposure to levels as low as 1 part per million (ppm).

The Petition notes that some samples contained up to 170 times the conditionally restricted FDA concentration limit of 2 ppm, while eleven samples showed over ten times the FDA limit.  Valisure’s CEO, David Light, stated “The detection of high levels of benzene in dry shampoos should be cause for significant concern since these products are likely used indoors, where benzene may linger and be inhaled for prolonged periods of time.”

Unilever has issued a voluntary recall of several dry shampoos after an internal investigation identified the propellant in aerosol cans to be the source of the contamination and has worked with suppliers to address the issue. The recalled products include Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head) and Tresemmé dry shampoo aerosols produced prior to October 2021. 

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