Dozens of Pantene and Herbal Essences dry shampoo sprays recalled for cancer-causing chemical

Procter & Gamble has recalled more than 30 aerosol spray haircare products, including many dry shampoos and dry conditioners, warning that the products could contain benzene, a cancer-causing agent. The affected items include assorted Pantene, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, Old Spice and Aussie products, according to Friday's recall notice, which is P&G's second within a month. A full list of recalled products is available on the company's website, including the production code numbers affected by the recall.
P&G said in a statement that the affected products likely will not expose people to levels of benzene high enough to cause health issues. However, the company noted it has not "received any reports of adverse events," but it's moving forward with the recall out of "an abundance of caution." "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," the recall notice said. Retailers have been told to remove the recalled products from shelves.
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