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Bayer recalls antifungal aerosol products over benzene presence

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Bayer, a global firm specialising in the life science fields of healthcare and nutrition, has voluntarily recalled some of its aerosol products due to the presence of benzene.

Consumers are being asked to return all unexpired Lotrimin® AF and Tinactin® antifungal spray products with lot numbers beginning with TN, CV or NAA, distributed between September 2018 to September 2021.

Benzene is not an ingredient in any of Bayer Consumer Health products. The company noted that its decision to voluntarily recall these products is a precautionary measure and that the levels detected are not expected to cause adverse health consequences to consumers.

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin. Depending on the duration and level of exposure, it can result in cancer. Benzene is found in the environment from natural sources and human activity. To date, Bayer has no known reports of adverse events related to this product recall.

The affected Lotrimin and Tinactin aerosol products are over the counter antifungal products, sold individually or in combo packs. The impacted products are Lotrimin Anti-Fungal Athlete’s Foot Powder Spray; Lotrimin Anti-Fungal Jock Itch Athlete’s Foot Powder Spray; Lotrimin Anti-Fungal Athlete’s Foot Deodorant Powder Spray; Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Liquid Spray; Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Daily Prevention Deodorant Power Spray; Tinactin Jock Itch Powder Spray; Tinactin Athlete’s Foot Deodorant Powder Spray; Tinactin Athlete’s Foot Powder Spray; and Tinactin Athlete’s Foot Liquid Spray.

The recalled products are all packaged in aerosol spray cans. The products were distributed in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico through a variety of retail channels.

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