Additional lots of antiperspirants and deodorants, which Valisure says have been tested at levels up to 2 parts per million, include products made by Summer’s Eve, Right Guard, Power Stick, Soft & Dri and Victoria’s Secret. . Nowadays, CNN has been unable to verify that any of these products, with the exception of Old Spice and Secret, have been recalled as a result. Valuation at the beginning of November asks the FDA to this effect.
CNN has contacted all of these companies for a response. The Village Company, which makes Soft & Dri, declined to comment. Unilever, which makes Suave, told CNN in an email, âUnilever takes all safety concerns seriously and we are fully investigating the Valisure petition’s claims regarding two Suave antiperspirant sprays. “
âBenzene is not an intentionally added ingredient in body spray products; however, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the manufacturers of the products, are aware that it can be present in food and drug products at very low levels. PCPC wrote.
“The PCPC and its member companies are firmly committed to ensuring that consumers have access to cosmetics and personal care products containing ingredients that have been thoroughly tested for safety and meet the requirements of the law,” said the communicated. âBusinesses and individuals have a legal responsibility to ensure that their products and ingredients are safe for the intended use. “
Elevated Benzene Levels Detected
In its recall, P&G said it had no reports of adverse effects, adding that “daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at levels detected in our tests should not have adverse health consequences.”
Valisure’s testing, however, revealed levels of benzene in some lots of P&G products. The most heavily contaminated – two lots of an Old Spice antiperspirant called Pure Sport (lots 11671458SQ and 11671458SB; UPC 012044001912) – contained an average of 17.7 and 17.4 parts per million of benzene, said Valisure CEO David Light.
âThis is almost nine times the upper limit of 2 parts per million that the FDA has set for emergency use,â Light said.
Tests showed that Secret Powder Fresh, 24 HR Aerosol (lots 11721458SG and 11701458SH; UPC 037000711087) contained approximately 16 parts per million on average.
âWith aerosols, you could use it every day, probably in an enclosed space like a bathroom,â Light said.
The company tested the product with the highest levels of benzene (Old Spice Pure Sport with 17.7 ppm) in an enclosed bathroom, spraying once under each arm just like a consumer would. By doing this, you “could bring the whole bathroom air to 15 times the limit of what the EPA said is an increased risk for leukemia,” Light said.
How does the product become contaminated?
Across testing, benzene levels varied considerably from lot to lot, even within a single brand, Valisure noted, while the initial analysis of at least a sample of 49 lots of body sprays from 19 different brands showed no benzene.
None of the products have benzene as an ingredient, experts say, so the only way the chemical could have been introduced is through an error in the manufacturing process – or the way the chemical is delivered to the body.
Valisure said one possibility is that the benzene could come from ingredients such as the 152a hydrofluorocarbon, butane, isobutane, propane and alcohol used to propel the sprays on the skin.
âOur investigation showed that traces of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the box,â said Kate DiCarlo, senior director of communications for P & G’s personal care portfolio.
âDue to the highly specialized nature of aerosol products, we use a manufacturing partner to manufacture these products,â Dicarlo continued. âThis manufacturing partner has identified a problem with its propellant supply and is implementing additional measures to resolve the problem identified in the investigation.
âOnce the recall is complete, we are preparing to ship a new product that meets our quality standards to restock the shelves. “
Other products with benzene
Avoiding propellants in spray products the answer to risk reduction? Maybe, say the experts. However, Valisure also found higher levels of benzene in non-aerosol body odor products, including powders and sticks, Light said.
âI think there is good evidence that propellants are a significant source of this contamination, but there are also a variety of potential sources in the raw materials used to create the products,â Light said.
“Impurities can be present in the manufacturing environment due to the use of certain chemicals, equipment or containers. We need more testing,” said David Andrews, senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group ( EWG), a nonprofit environmental and consumer health advocacy group.
âWe need independent analysis as part of the overall supply chain. It is really extremely important to find these issues before they end up on the shelves,â Light added.
In response to Valisure’s sunscreen petition, the FDA told CNN that it is “evaluating and evaluating the information provided in such citizen petitions and generally initiating an independent testing and verification process.” .
In response to the new petition on antiperspirants and deodorants, the FDA said:
âThe FDA is committed to ensuring that the products we regulate are safe to use. We continually acquire new knowledge that allows us to quickly identify and deal with previously unknown risks. every effort to understand the issues and provide our best recommendations to the public as quickly and accurately as possible. We will continue to investigate and work to ensure that these types of impurities do not exceed acceptable limits. “