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Procter & Gamble Recalled Dry Shampoos

Procter & Gamble has recalled more than 30 aerosol spray hair care products, including many dry shampoos and dry conditioners, warning that the products could contain benzene, a cancer-causing agent. The affected items include assorted Pantene, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, Old Spice, and Aussie products, P&G’s second within a month.

A complete list of recalled products is available on the company’s website, including the production code numbers affected by the recall. Procter & Gamble said in a statement that the affected products likely would not expose people to levels of benzene high enough to cause health issues.Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation orally. Through the skin, and it can result in cancers, including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening,” the recall notice said. Retailers have been told to remove the recalled products from shelves.

Procter & Gamble wants people who purchased the affected products, which were sold in stores across the United States and online, to throw them away. The company is offering full refunds, and customers can fill out an online form or contact a hotline at 1-888-674-36319 Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm ET. The Food and Drug Administration has been alerted of this recall.

In November, Procter & Gamble issued a similar recall for more than a dozen Old Spice and Secret-branded aerosol deodorants and sprays, warning that the products could also contain benzene. In July, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) recalled some spray-on Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens after it detected low levels of the carcinogen in the products.

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