Sure, Brut aerosol products recalled due to presence of benzene

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HRB Brands is voluntarily recalling several Sure and Brut antiperspirant and deodorant aerosols due to the presence of benzene.

The issue was discovered when a review of the products revealed ‘unexpected levels’ of benzene in the propellant. These products were owned and distributed by Helen of Troy before 7 June last year.

The US Food and Drug Administration confirmed HRB Brands is recalling all lots numbers with expiration dates on or before August 2023 of the following products: Brut Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 4oz and 6oz; Brut Classic Deodorant Aerosol, 154g and 10oz; Sure Regular Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz; and Sure Unscented Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz.

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and can result in cancer. Benzene is prevalent in the environment – humans globally are exposed to it daily indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. To date, no reports of adverse events related to this recall have been reported. The voluntary recall is being conducted “out of an abundance of caution”.

The products listed above are packaged in aerosol cans and distributed nationally in the US, except for Brut Aerosol Deodorant, 154g, which was distributed in Canada.

Several companies have recalled aerosols in the past year due to benzene contamination. Products by Procter & Gamble (Old Spice, Secret), Blistex (Odor-Eaters), Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Aveeno) and others have been affected.

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