On October 18, Unilever issued a statement announcing the recall of a number of dry shampoo products from various brands owing to possible benzene contamination. The business independently investigated and found benzene in 19 dry shampoos. All affected products were created prior to October 2021.
Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head), and TRESemmé are some of the brands mentioned. These dry shampoo products are being taken off store shelves.
Benzene is a substance that is categorized as a human carcinogen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is a carcinogen that can cause leukemia, blood cancer of the bone marrow, and potentially fatal blood problems when inhaled, consumed orally, or exposed through the skin. People all over the world are exposed to benzene on a daily basis via a variety of indoor and outdoor sources due to its pervasiveness in the environment.
In addition to the age and any underlying medical conditions of the exposed person, the danger posed by benzene varies on the quantity, route, and duration of exposure.
According to the statement, the main reason Unilever is announcing this recall is caution because the amounts of benzene discovered during its research were not high enough to pose a risk to customers. The business added that there have been no instances of customers having any side effects from using its dry shampoos.
An internal inquiry determined that the propellant was the cause of the benzene, and the company has cooperated with its propellant suppliers to resolve the problem.
The product within a can or bottle is forced via an internal tube and out of the valve when a user depresses the valve on top of the container, creating a spray or foam.