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Procter & Gamble Benzene in Aerosol Antiperspirants, Dry Hair Products Class Action

This class action brings suit against the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) in relation to some of its personal care products that come in aerosol sprays, which the complaint alleges have been found to contain benzene, a carcinogen. The products include antiperspirants sold under the brand names Old Spice and Secret and dry shampoos and dry conditioners sold under the brand names Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, and Waterless.

Two potential classes have been proposed for this action:

  • The Nationwide Class is all consumers who bought any aerosol product under the brand names Secret or Old Spice, in the US and its territories, between November 4, 2017 and the present, for personal use or consumption.
  • In the alternative, the Florida and Arkansas Only Class is all consumers who bought any aerosol antiperspirants under the brand names Secret or Old Spice, or dry shampoos and dry conditioners under the brand names Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, or Waterless, in Florida and Arkansas, between November 4, 2017 and the present, for personal use or consumption.

According to the complaint, “[b]enzene is used primarily as a solvent in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as a starting material and intermediate in the synthesis of numerous chemicals, and in gasoline. The major United States source of benzene is petroleum.”

Benzene is deemed to be a 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).

Valisure, LLC , an independent analytical pharmacy, tested a number of lots of P&G Old Spice and Secret aerosol antiperspirant products in 2021. It found that all the tested products contained some benzene. The concentrations in the Secret products ranged from 0.1 parts per million (ppm) to 16.2 ppm. The concentrations in the Old Spice products ranged from less than 0.1 ppm to 17.7 ppm.

Antiperspirants are considered to be over-the-counter drugs by the FDA. The FDA classifies benzene as a Class 1 solvent, which “should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substances, excipients, and drug products because of their unacceptable toxicities or deleterious environmental effect.”

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that workers wear protective equipment if they expect to be exposed to benzene at concentrations of 0.1 ppm and says that skin absorption is a means of exposure to benzene.

After Valisure found the significant concentrations of benzene in the antiperspirant aerosols, it submitted a citizen petition to the FDA, asking it to recall all batches of the P&G products that had tested at 0.1 ppm of benzene, calling them adulterated and misbranded.

P&G recalled the indicated antiperspirant aerosol products. The complaint alleges, “More recently, [P&G] expanded the recall to include dry shampoo and dry conditioner Aerosol Products as well after reviewing the rest of its aerosol products and finding benzene in them as well.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Procter & Gamble Benzene in Aerosol Antiperspirants, Dry Hair Products Complaint

December 22, 2021

This class action brings suit against the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) in relation to some of its personal care products that come in aerosol sprays, which the complaint alleges have been found to contain benzene, a carcinogen. The products include antiperspirants sold under the brand names Old Spice and Secret and dry shampoos and dry conditioners sold under the brand names Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, and Waterless.

Procter & Gamble Benzene in Aerosol Antiperspirants, Dry Hair Products Complaint

Case Event History

Procter & Gamble Benzene in Aerosol Antiperspirants, Dry Hair Products Complaint

December 22, 2021

This class action brings suit against the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) in relation to some of its personal care products that come in aerosol sprays, which the complaint alleges have been found to contain benzene, a carcinogen. The products include antiperspirants sold under the brand names Old Spice and Secret and dry shampoos and dry conditioners sold under the brand names Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, and Waterless.

Procter & Gamble Benzene in Aerosol Antiperspirants, Dry Hair Products Complaint
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