Benzene, an organic chemical compound known to cause cancer and other dangerous side effects, was found in 32 hair care products made by Procter & Gamble, triggering the company to issue a voluntary recall on multiple lines of products affected.
Dry shampoo and conditioner product lines from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, and Waterless are included in the December 17th recall notice from Procter & Gamble, published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you or a loved one was exposed to benzene from these hair products and were subsequently injured, you may qualify to participate in a Procter & Gamble Hair Care Benzene Recall lawsuit.
Contact TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation consultation today or use our chatbot below to receive a free, instant online case evaluation to find out if you qualify for compensation right now.
Visit the specific brand website of your product and locate the page discussing recalled products.
There will be links specifying how to obtain a reimbursement for your recalled products.
No injuries related to these recalls have been reported.
We will keep this page up-to-date with new information on injuries related to benzene exposure from P&G products.
Benzene is a naturally occurring and man-made chemical known to be a carcinogen.
Benzene is colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature.
It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable.
Humans are exposed in a variety of ways around the world.
Natural sources of benzene include volcanoes and forest fires.
Benzene is also used in the production of, or found in:
Benzene is one of the most widely used chemicals in the United States.
Benzene exposure can occur through inhalation, ingestion, and skin absorption.
Exposure to high amounts of benzene can result in leukemia, blood cancer of the bone marrow and life-threatening blood disorders.
Specifically, benzene exposure can cause bone marrow to produce fewer red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
Benzene can also damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells.
Inhaling high levels of benzene can result in the following symptoms:
Additionally, eating food or drinking beverages that contain high levels of benzene may lead to:
As mentioned previously, benzene can cause various cancers and extreme health effects on the blood and bone marrow.
There are multiple studies and more being conducted on the effects of benzene exposure.
Animal tests have shown how damaging the chemical can be.
Specifically, there is sufficient evidence that benzene exposure at high levels can cause acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
AML is a fast-growing type of leukemia that first affects bone marrow then moves onto the blood, with potential to spread to the:
There is also some evidence that points to benzene causing acute and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
It can often be difficult pinpointing sources of benzene exposure if you are not knowingly in contact with the chemical on a regular basis.
In this case, it’s important to educate yourself on the varying sources of benzene and to keep an eye out for news regarding products that incidentally contain the chemical.
If you work in an industrial setting where benzene is an integral chemical in production, follow all recommended safety precautions from your employer.
Further, if you are exposed to a dangerous amount of benzene in a short period of time, follow this guidance from the CDC:
Procter & Gamble says that while benzene was not an ingredient in any of the products, their review found that propellant used to spray the products from cans contained unexpected levels of benzene.
32 products are recalled, all are either aerosol shampoos or conditioners from product lines such as Pantene, Old Spice, Herbal Essences, Waterless, Aussie, and Hair Food.
The following thirty-two (32) products have been recalled for containing benzene:
If adverse health effects are experienced due to benzene exposure from a product listed above, the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program can be used to document injuries and serious problems.
Attorneys at TorHoerman Law are investigating the Procter & Gamble recalls and considering legal action.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to benzene from the recalled products and have attained related injuries, you may qualify to file a lawsuit.
Contact TorHoerman Law today for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your legal options.
“Facts about Benzene.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 Apr. 2018, https://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/benzene/basics/facts.asp.
“P&G Issues Voluntary Recall of Aerosol Dry Conditioner Spray Products and Aerosol Dry Shampoo Spray Products.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 17 Dec. 2021, https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/pg-issues-voluntary-recall-aerosol-dry-conditioner-spray-products-and-aerosol-dry-shampoo-spray.
“Reporting Serious Problems to FDA.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Commissioner, https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch-fda-safety-information-and-adverse-event-reporting-program/reporting-serious-problems-fda.
“What Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)?: What Is AML?” American Cancer Society, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/acute-myeloid-leukemia/about/what-is-aml.html.
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