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Unilever recalls two antiperspirants due to benzene concerns

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Unilever US is voluntarily recalling two Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirants after detecting ‘slightly elevated levels’ of benzene in some samples.

While benzene is not an active ingredient in any of the recalled products, an internal review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant.

The Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant product line was discontinued in October 2021 for business reasons, the US Food and Drug Administration said. The affected products were in limited distribution at US retail stores and online.

Retailers have been notified to remove recalled products from shelves. Unilever will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased products impacted by this recall.

Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the affected products: Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder (4 oz; 6 oz) and Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh (6 oz). Unilever is recalling all lots of these products with an expiration date through to September 2023. No other Unilever or Suave products are in the scope of this recall.

Several companies have recalled products in the US, Canada and Australia over the past year due to the presence of benzene. Procter & Gamble, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson and Coppertone and others have recalled personal care and household products in recent months.

In the November/December issue of World Aerosols magazine, we spoke with online pharmacy Valisure about the benzene contamination issue in more detail.

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