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Right Guard Sport Fresh Antiperspirant Aerosol Benzene Content Class Action

The Right Guard brand of male deodorants and antiperspirants is owned by Thriving Brands, LLC. This class action brings suit against Thriving, along with the brand’s former owner, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, and the Dial Corporation, which does business as Henkel North American Consumer Goods. The complaint alleges that this sixty-year-old brand has recently shown significant concentrations of the carcinogen benzene in its Right Guard Sport Fresh Antiperspirant Aerosol.

The National Class for this action is all persons in the US who, during the fullest period allowed by law, bought Right Guard Sport Fresh antiperspirant aerosol, for their personal use and not for resale. A New York Subclass has also been proposed for those who bought the product in New York.

Benzene is recognized as a carcinogen that can lead to cancer in human beings by the Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, and other groups. The complaint alleges, “Long-term exposure additionally causes harmful effects on the bone marrow, a decrease in red blood cells leading to anemia, and excessive bleeding that can affect the immune system, leading to an increased chance of infection.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not declared any safe level of benzene, and so says that it “should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substances, excipients, and drug products because of [its] unacceptable toxicity.”

The FDA publishes guidance saying that “if [benzene’s] use is unavoidable in order to produce a drug product with a significant therapeutic advance, then [its] levels should be restricted” to 2 parts per million (ppm).

Thriving Brands is a private company formed for the purpose of buying the Right Guard and Dry Idea brands from Henkel. Deodorants are classified and regulated as cosmetics in the US, and antiperspirants are classified and regulated as drugs.

How do we know the Right Guard product contains benzene? The complaint alleges that it was detected in the product by Valisure, a pharmacy and consumer protection organization. Valisure tested a number of spray deodorant and antiperspirant products and found concentrations above 2 ppm in sixteen of them. On November 3, 2021 it petitioned the FDA to address the problem.

Valisure found 2.87 ppm of benzene in the Right Guard Sport Fresh aerosol antiperspirant it tested. Another independent test, done at a lab at Yale University, found concentrations of 5.07 in the same product, which is two and a half times the FDA limit.

Benzene is not listed as an active or inactive ingredient on the product and the product does not show any warnings about benzene.

The complaint alleges that the Right Guard spray is adulterated and therefore misbranded. The complaint alleges that the companies “engaged in fraudulent, unfair, deceptive misleading, and/or unlawful conduct stemming from their omissions surrounding benzene contamination affecting the Product.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Right Guard Sport Fresh Antiperspirant Aerosol Benzene Content Complaint

November 24, 2021

The Right Guard brand of male deodorants and antiperspirants is owned by Thriving Brands, LLC. This class action brings suit against Thriving, along with the brand’s former owner, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, and the Dial Corporation, which does business as Henkel North American Consumer Goods. The complaint alleges that this sixty-year-old brand has recently shown significant concentrations of the carcinogen benzene in its Right Guard Sport Fresh Antiperspirant Aerosol.

Right Guard Sport Fresh Antiperspirant Aerosol Benzene Content Complaint

Case Event History

Right Guard Sport Fresh Antiperspirant Aerosol Benzene Content Complaint

November 24, 2021

The Right Guard brand of male deodorants and antiperspirants is owned by Thriving Brands, LLC. This class action brings suit against Thriving, along with the brand’s former owner, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, and the Dial Corporation, which does business as Henkel North American Consumer Goods. The complaint alleges that this sixty-year-old brand has recently shown significant concentrations of the carcinogen benzene in its Right Guard Sport Fresh Antiperspirant Aerosol.

Right Guard Sport Fresh Antiperspirant Aerosol Benzene Content Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels