Whether it’s just combing through it or doing a major job on your style, part of preparing for the day usually involves taking care of your hair. While the worst result of a grooming routine gone wrong is the occasional bad hair day, there could also be a hidden danger you should be aware of. The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that hair products from popular brands Pantene and Herbal Essences have been recalled due to potential health concerns. Read on to see if any items in your bathroom could be dangerous.
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On December 17, the FDA announced that The Procter & Gamble Company had ordered a voluntary recall of 32 aerosol hair products from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences and Waterless products in the United States. Previously discontinued aerosol dry shampoos from Old Spice and Hair Food were also included in the recall.
Affected waterless products include Waterless Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth 3.6oz. (UPC 37000543954), Instant Moisture Waterless Dry Conditioner 3.6 oz. (UPC 37000543831), Waterless Dry Conditioner, Light & Smooth 0.98 oz. (UPC 37000544111), Instant Moisture Waterless Dry Conditioner .98oz. (UPC 37000544227), No Residue Waterless Dry Shampoo 3.7 oz. (UPC 37000543787) and No Residue Waterless Dry Shampoo 1 oz. (UPC 37000543978). The Pantene products listed under the recall are Pantene Sultry Bronde All in One Luxury Mist 4.9oz. (UPC 80878188710), Pantene Smooth Talker Dry Conditioning Oil 3.9 oz. (UPC 80878192397), Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist 3.9oz. (UPC 80878190898), Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist 3.9oz. (UPC 80878188758), Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist 1.0oz. (UPC 80878188765), Pantene Gold Series Instant Nourishing Spray 4.9 oz. (UPC 80878188987), Pantene Dry Shampoo No Water Refresh 4.9oz. (CUP 80878177042), Pantene Sheer Volume Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 80878185276) and Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo 4.2 oz. (UPC 80878188727).
The recalled Herbal Essences products include Herbal Essences Blue Ginger Refresh Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 190679001498), Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mint Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 190679000262), Herbal Essences White Strawberry & Sweet Mint Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 190679000255), Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 190679000248) and Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo 1.7 oz. (UPC 190679000330). Affected Aussie products are listed as Aussie After Hours Dry Shampoo Texture Spray 4.9oz. (UPC 381519187834), Aussie Tousle Hustle Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 381519187285), Aussie Bounce Back Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 381519187278), Aussie Clean Color Protect Shampoo 4.9oz. (UPC 381519187360), Aussie Clean Texture Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 381519187285) and Aussie Clean Volume Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 381519187278). Discontinued Hair Food and Old Spice products include Hair Food Coconut Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 37000876717), Old Spice Fiji Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 37000779421) and Old Spice Pure Sport Dry Shampoo 4.9 oz. (UPC 37000785170). The company says the products have been sold in stores and online across the country and no other products are affected by the recall.
According to the FDA announcement, the recall was initiated after a review of products found some contained higher than expected amounts of a chemical known as benzene.
“Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and can lead to cancers including leukemia and bone marrow blood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders,” the agency wrote in its review.
However, the agency notes that the products are not likely to cause immediate harm, even if customers use them regularly. “Based on exposure modeling and cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at levels detected in our testing not expected to cause adverse health consequences,” the recall notice states. .
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Fortunately, the recall notice states that Procter & Gamble has not yet received any reports of adverse reactions related to the use of the products. Still, the company says anyone who purchased the products should immediately stop using them and throw them away.
Customers with questions about the recall may contact Procter & Gamble Customer Service at 1-888-674-3631 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. Those looking for full refund information can also visit the Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, Old Spice, and Waterless websites. Anyone who thinks they are experiencing adverse effects from using the products should seek medical attention immediately.
It’s not the first time in recent days that Procter & Gamble has announced it’s pulling products from shelves for health reasons. On Nov. 23, the company announced it was recalling 18 Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant products that also contained higher levels of benzene.
Other companies have also issued similar recalls in recent months. In mid-July, Johnson & Johnson announced the recall of four Neutrogena sunscreens and Aveeno sunscreen due to possible benzene contamination. That same month, CVS announced that it was suspend sale of two CVS brands aloe-based after-sun products which were also found to be potentially contaminated with benzene.
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