Unilever United States has issued a voluntary product recall to the consumer level of select lot codes of dry shampoo aerosol products produced prior to October 2021 from Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head) and TRESemmé due to potentially elevated levels of benzene.
Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. 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.
Based on an independent health hazard evaluation, daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences. Unilever US is recalling these products out of "an abundance of caution". Unilever said it has received no reports of adverse events to date relating to this recall.
The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the United States. Retailers have been notified to remove recalled products from shelves.
A complete list of the affected products produced prior to October 2021 and consumer UPC codes can be found here. No other products from Unilever or its brands are impacted by this recall.
An internal investigation identified the propellant as the source, and Unilever has worked with its propellant suppliers to address this issue.
The firm said Consumers should stop using the affected aerosol dry shampoo products and visit UnileverRecall.com for instructions on how to receive reimbursement for eligible products.