Health Canada issued a recall Friday for nearly 1.5-million Old Spice and Secret products after the cancer-causing chemical benzene was detected in small amounts. The recall involves eight deodorant and anti-antiperspirant products sold by Procter & Gamble under the brand names Old Spice and Secret.
The recalled products were sold from November 2019 to November 23, 2021.
“Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and 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. Based on exposure modeling and the cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”, states Health Canada.
The recalled products carry the following UPC codes:
|Old Spice Sweat Defense Pure Sport Plus Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g||037000728870|
|Old Spice Sweat Defense Stronger Swagger Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g||037000728863|
|Old Spice Sweat Defense Ultimate Captain Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g||012044029053|
|Secret Baby Powder 24 H Aerosol Antiperspirant/Deodorant Spray; 122 g||056100008965|
|Secret Dry Spray Lavender Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g||037000729587|
|Secret Dry Spray Waterlily Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g||037000729600|
|Secret Outlast Completely Clean Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g||037000747765|
|Secret Outlast Protecting Powder Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g||037000747826|
What you should do
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and discard them.
For more information, consumers can contact the Consumer Care team at 888-339-7689 from Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 6:00pm EST. Consumers can also visit www.oldspice.com or www.secret.com for more information about the impacted products and to learn how to receive reimbursement for eligible products. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products.
Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.