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Odor-Eater Spray Products Benzene Content Class Action

Recently, a number of class actions have been filed against companies because of findings of benzene in spray products. These have included sunscreens, after-sun products, antiperspirants, and deodorants. This class action alleges that benzene has also been found in certain Odor-Eaters shoe sprays, made by Blistex, Inc.

The class for this action is all persons in the US who bought the products. A New York Subclass has also been defined for those who bought the products in New York.

The products at issue include Odor-Eaters Spray Powder and Odor-Eaters Stink Stoppers Spray. These are anti-fungal and foot odor products that are considered to be over-the-counter drugs, regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and subject to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

Benzene has been recognized as a carcinogen by numerous authorities, the complaint alleges, including the World Health Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Cancer Society, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In November 2021, Blistex and the FDA announced a recall of forty-one lots of the Odor-Eater products.

The complaint quotes the recall notice as saying, “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 barrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening.” The complaint also quotes another line from the notice: “Consumers, distributors, and retailers that have product which is being recalled should stop using or selling these specific Odor-Eaters spray products and dispose of them appropriately.

Because the products are regulated by the FDA, the complaint claims, they are subject to federal current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations. These are designed to ensure that products meet standards of safety, has the identity characteristics it is supposed to possess, and meets quality and purity characteristics. If a drug product is not manufactured in accordance with cGMPs, then it is considered to be adulterated or misbranded and therefore cannot be sold in the US.

Blistex disregarded the cGMPs, the complaint claims, saying that otherwise it would have found the presence of benzene “almost immediately.”

“Further,” the complaint alleges, “had [Blistex] adequately tested the Products for benzene and other carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and impurities, it would have discovered that the Products contained benzene at levels far above the legal limit, making those products ineligible for distribution, marketing, and sale.”

Despite the recall, the complaint alleges, Blistex has not offered refunds to those who bought the products.

The counts include breaches of warranties, unjust enrichment, and violations of New York state laws.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Odor-Eater Spray Products Benzene Content Complaint

January 31, 2022

Recently, a number of class actions have been filed against companies because of findings of benzene in spray products. These have included sunscreens, after-sun products, antiperspirants, and deodorants. This class action alleges that benzene has also been found in certain Odor-Eaters shoe sprays, made by Blistex, Inc.

Odor-Eater Spray Products Benzene Content Complaint

Case Event History

Odor-Eater Spray Products Benzene Content Complaint

January 31, 2022

Recently, a number of class actions have been filed against companies because of findings of benzene in spray products. These have included sunscreens, after-sun products, antiperspirants, and deodorants. This class action alleges that benzene has also been found in certain Odor-Eaters shoe sprays, made by Blistex, Inc.

Odor-Eater Spray Products Benzene Content Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels