Massive recall issued for dry shampoo products over cancer risk

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More than 1,000,000 dry shampoo products from manufacturers Bed Head TIGI, Dove and Tresemmé are being recalled throughout Canada resulting from the detection of a cancer-causing chemical.

Health Canada issued the recall Tuesday for 15 completely different products that had been offered between January 2020 and October 2022 (see the total listing right here). Parent firm Unilever reported that greater than 1.5 million items of the affected products had been offered throughout the nation.

In an announcement on its web site, Unilever Canada mentioned doubtlessly elevated ranges of the chemical benzene had been detected within the affected products, that are packaged in aerosol cans.

Benzene is labeled as a human carcinogen and publicity to the chemical by inhalation, orally or by way of the pores and skin may end up in cancers reminiscent of leukemia, blood cancer of the bone marrow, and blood problems, in accordance with Health Canada.

Unilever mentioned an inner investigation recognized the aerosol can propellant because the supply of the elevated ranges of benzene and it has labored with its propellant suppliers to handle the concern.

“Unilever Canada is recalling these products out of an abundance of warning,” it mentioned.

Health Canada famous that “day by day publicity to benzene within the recalled products on the ranges detected in testing wouldn’t be anticipated to trigger adversarial well being penalties” based mostly on publicity modelling and the cancer risk assessments from the Environmental Protection Agency.

As of Oct. 7 this 12 months, Unilever had not acquired any stories of incidents or accidents associated to the affected products, Health Canada mentioned.

“Consumers ought to instantly cease utilizing the recalled product and eliminate it in accordance with the directions for disposal on the packaging,” the federal division mentioned. They can contact the corporate for reimbursement, it mentioned.

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