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Benzene in Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirant and Deodorant Sprays Class Action

A number of class actions have been filed in recent months alleging that benzene has been found in personal care products. This class action brings a similar suit against the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), alleging that benzene has been found in its Old Spice and Secret spray-on antiperspirant and deodorant products.

The class for this action is all persons who bought one or more of the Old Spice or Secret products in the US, for personal or household use, during the applicable statute of limitations period.

All persons who purchased one or more of Defendant’s Affected Products in the United States for personal/household use within any applicable limitations period (the “Nationwide Class”).

Antiperspirants are classified as over-the-counter drugs. As such, they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

On November 3, 2021, Valisure, an independent pharmacy that tests consumer products, submitted a citizen’s petition to the FDA after finding concerning levels of benzene in certain body spray products, including products that are at issue in this case. Valisure asked that the FDA recall the batches of the sprays that contained benzene, claiming they were adulterated and misbranded under the FDCA.

Some twenty days later, P&G recalled eighteen products, including various Old Spice and Secret aerosol sprays that had expiration dates of up to September 2023. The complaint quotes P&G’s statement as saying that “our investigation showed traces of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.”

According to the complaint, the statement left a number of questions unanswered, such as when it had conducted its investigation and when it first learned that the products contained benzene. It quotes P&G as saying that the amount of benzene contained in the products “would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences” but that it “is conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution.”

However, benzene is a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Two of the means of exposure to benzene are application to the skin and inhalation, and the complaint quotes an article s saying that sprays can linger in the air after a person is finished using them and can be inhaled by a different person later.

The complaint asserts, “Where the use of benzene or other Class 1 solvents is unavoidable, the FDA has stated that the levels should be restricted, and benzene is restricted under such guidance to 2 parts per million (‘ppm’).”

Ten of the twenty-four batches of body spray products that contained 2 ppm of more of benzene are made by P&G, the complaint alleges. According to the complaint, the levels of benzene found in the products range from 2.58 ppm in a Secret body spray to 17.7 ppm in an Old Spice antiperspirant.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Benzene in Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirant and Deodorant Sprays Complaint

December 17, 2021

A number of class actions have been filed in recent months alleging that benzene has been found in personal care products. This class action brings a similar suit against the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), alleging that benzene has been found in its Old Spice and Secret spray-on antiperspirant and deodorant products.

Benzene in Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirant and Deodorant Sprays Complaint

Case Event History

Benzene in Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirant and Deodorant Sprays Complaint

December 17, 2021

A number of class actions have been filed in recent months alleging that benzene has been found in personal care products. This class action brings a similar suit against the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), alleging that benzene has been found in its Old Spice and Secret spray-on antiperspirant and deodorant products.

Benzene in Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirant and Deodorant Sprays Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Contamination During Preparation or Use, Deceptive Advertising