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Benzene in Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Antiperspirant Sprays Class Action

In recent months, a number of personal care products have been alleged to contain benzene, a human carcinogen. This class action brings suit against the Procter & Gamble Company for certain of their Old Spice and Secret aerosol antiperspirant sprays, claiming that they too contain benzene.

Two classes have been defined for this action:

  • The Nationwide Class for this action is all consumers who bought any aerosol antiperspirant product under the Old Spice or Secret brand names, for personal use or consumption, in the US or its territories, between December 10, 2017 and the present.
  • In the alternative, the California-Only Class is all consumers who bought any aerosol antiperspirant product under Old Spice or Secret brand names, for personal use or consumption, in California, between November 4, 2017 and the present.

Benzene has been deemed a human carcinogen by a number of organizations, including the National Toxicology Program, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the complaint, “the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (‘NIOSH’) recommends protective equipment be worn by workers expecting to be exposed to benzene at concentrations of 0.1 ppm and defines ‘skin absorption’ as an exposure route.”

The FDA classifies benzene as a Class 1 solvent. The complaint quotes the FDA’s Guidance for Industry as stating, “Solvents in Class 1 … should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substances, excipients, and drug products because of their unacceptable toxicities or deleterious environmental effect.”

Valisure is an analytical pharmacy that sometimes runs tests on consumer products. In 2021, it ran tests of a variety of aerosol antiperspirant sprays, including certain lots of Old Spice and Secret aerosol antiperspirant sprays. According to the complaint, Valisure found that the Secret sprays contained concentrations of benzene from 0.10 parts per million (ppm) to 16.2 ppm, and that the Old Spice sprays contained concentrations of benzene from 0.10 ppm to 17.7 ppm.

Antiperspirants are regulated by the FDA as over-the-counter drugs. Benzene is not on its list of acceptable active or inactive ingredients, the complaint claims, nor is it named as an active or inactive ingredient on any of the products’ packaging. “In fact,” the complaint says, the company “specifically promises to consumers that benzene is one of the materials ‘we do not use as ingredients in any of our formulated products.’”

Since there is no such thing as a safe level of benzene exposure, the complaint alleges that the sprays are “adulterated and misbranded.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Benzene in Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Antiperspirant Sprays Complaint

December 10, 2021

In recent months, a number of personal care products have been alleged to contain benzene, a human carcinogen. This class action brings suit against the Procter & Gamble Company for certain of their Old Spice and Secret aerosol antiperspirant sprays, claiming that they too contain benzene.

Benzene in Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Antiperspirant Sprays Complaint

Case Event History

Benzene in Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Antiperspirant Sprays Complaint

December 10, 2021

In recent months, a number of personal care products have been alleged to contain benzene, a human carcinogen. This class action brings suit against the Procter & Gamble Company for certain of their Old Spice and Secret aerosol antiperspirant sprays, claiming that they too contain benzene.

Benzene in Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Antiperspirant Sprays Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels