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Deodorant Spray Benzene Lawsuit

Deodorant Spray Benzene Lawsuit

The cancer-causing chemical benzene has been found in Old Spice, Secret and other deodorant sprays.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting benzene induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer from benzene in antiperspirant spray (or deodorant spray), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: P&G Recalls Old Spice, Secret Spray Deodorant for Benzene

In November 2021, Proctor & Gamble recalled all lots of Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray deodorant and Old Spice Below Deck aerosol spray with expiration dates through September 2023 due to benzene contamination. The recall involves the following products:

UPC Description
012044001912 Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport 12/6oz
012044044759 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 3.8oz
037000729747 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Pure Sport Plus 12/3.8oz
037000730347 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 12/3.8oz
037000749479 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Ult Captain 12/3.8oz
037000695714 Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Unscented 12/4.9oz
037000695707 Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Fresh Air 12/4.9oz
037000586906 Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh Twin Pack
037000711087 Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/6OZ
037000711094 Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/4OZ
037000723721 Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Waterlily 3.8oz
037000729860 Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Lavender 12/3.8oz
037000729914 Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Water Lily 12/3.8oz
037000729921 Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Light Essentials 12/3.8oz
037000798842 Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Rose 12/3.8oz
037000747642 Secret Outlast Inv Spray Completely Clean 12/3.8oz
037000747727 Secret Outlast Inv Spray Protecting Powder 12/3.8oz
012044048535 Old Spice Pure Sport 2021 Gift Set

Does Your Deodorant Cause Cancer?

Dozens of antiperspirant and deodorant body sprays have tested positive for high levels of the leukemia-causing chemical benzene. In November 2021, the lab that tested them demanded recalls.

What Happened?

Valisure, an independent lab based in New Haven, Connecticut, tested 108 batches of antiperspirant sprays from 30 brands. They detected benzene in 59 batches (54%). The highest levels of benzene were found in Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant sprays. Some batches had up to 9-times the FDA limit of 2 parts per million (ppm).

Valisure Asks FDA to Recall Antiperspirant Sprays

On November 3, Valisure sent a petition to the FDA, asking the agency to recall 38 batches of body sprays, including products sold under these brands:

  • Old Spice
  • Secret
  • Tag
  • Sure
  • Walmart’s Equate
  • Suave
  • Right Guard
  • Brut
  • Summer’s Eve
  • Power Stick
  • Soft & Dri
  • Victoria’s Secret

Butane May Be Source of Benzene in Deodorant Sprays

Valisure found that spray deodorants that used butane as a propellant were more likely to contain benzene than products that used alcohol.

David Light, CEO of Valisure, said, “Butane is lighter fluid. Propane is the same thing you use to light your grill. These gases come out of the ground, as benzene does as well. Benzene is a known contaminant of these products. It seems likely these propellants are the source.”

What is the Problem?

The list of body-spray products that are contaminated with benzene keeps on growing. In addition to benzene in antiperspirant sprays like Old Spice, high levels of benzene have also been detected in dozens of sunscreen sprays and anti-fungal foot sprays, such as Lotrimin and Tinactin. Those findings prompted a large number of class action lawsuits and quick settlements from companies like Johnson & Johnson and Costco.

Exposure to Benzene Can Be Deadly

The American Cancer society classifies benzene as a human carcinogen. Long-term exposure to benzene can cause problems with the immune system, bone marrow, and blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Types of Cancer & Blood Diseases Linked to Benzene

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • Blood cancers of the bone marrow
  • Blood disorders
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDL)
  • Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • And more

Do I have a Deodorant Spray Benzene Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting benzene induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer from benzene in antiperspirant spray (or deodorant spray), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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