(NEXSTAR) – Brut and Sure aerosol deodorant sprays are being recalled nationwide after benzene, a human carcinogen, was found in the product.
Connecticut-based HRB Brands issued the voluntary recall Wednesday after the toxic chemical was detected.
“While benzene is not an ingredient in any of the recalled products, our review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can,” the company said in a news release. “These products were owned and distributed by Helen of Troy Limited prior to June 7, 2021.”
See the products included in the recall below:
|Brand||Product Description||UPC||Expiration Date|
|Brut||Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 4oz||00827755070085||On or Before|
|Brut||Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz||00827755070108||On or Before|
|Brut||Classic Deodorant Aerosol, 154g||00827755070177||On or Before|
|Brut||Classic Deodorant Aerosol, 10oz||00827755070047||On or Before|
|Sure||Regular Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz||00883484002025||On or Before|
|Sure||Unscented Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz||00883484002278||On or Before|
Benzene, which occurs naturally in volcanoes and forest fires, can also be found in crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is also widely used in manufacturing to make lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides, but can cause serious health problems if ingested.
“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,” according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Symptoms of benzene poisoning include drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, tremors, vomiting, sleepiness, convulsions, confusion, unconsciousness and, at high levels, death.
The sprays under recall were all distributed nationally in the U.S., except for the 154g Brut Aerosol Deodorant, which was distributed in Canada.
Anyone who bought the affected products should stop using them if the expiration date is on or before August 2023. Anyone experiencing a health issue that might be related to the product should contact their physician or healthcare provider.
Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact TCP HOT Acquisition LLC by calling 1-866-615-0976 Monday to Friday from 8:30am–5pm (PT). Consumers may also access www.brutsurerecall2022.comExternal Link Disclaimer to request a product refund and for additional information.