Health Canada Recalls Antiperspirant Sprays from Old Spice and Secret Brands

Health Canada is recalling 1.4 million units of Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant products due to the detection of benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer.

The recall involves eight Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant sprays in aerosol cans.

“Consumers should stop using and properly dispose of the recalled aerosol products and contact the company for a refund,” Health Canada said in a statement Friday.

Depending on the amount of benzene found in the products, the carcinogens found should not be a cause of serious health risks, the government department said.

“Based on the exposure model and cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency …, daily exposure to benzene in recalled products at levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,” Health Canada said.

According to the government department, exposure to benzene can occur by inhaling the products, consuming them orally, and they can seep through the skin. This can potentially lead to cancers, including bone marrow cancer and leukemia, and blood disorders that can be life-threatening.

Health Canada says the manufacturer has not received any reports of incidents or injuries in connection with the use of the products.

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