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Leukemia-Causing Benzene Found in Underarm Sprays

  • P&G’s Old Spice, Secret had highest levels of the carcinogen
  • The sprays are latest aerosol products to contain benzene
Antiperspirant and deodorant sprays found to contain high levels of benzene.
Antiperspirant and deodorant sprays found to contain high levels of benzene.Source: Valisure
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Antiperspirant and deodorant body sprays have been found to contain elevated levels of the carcinogen benzene and should be recalled, an independent testing lab said in a petition filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Wednesday.

The sprays are the latest in a string of aerosol products found to contain the cancer-causing chemical, including sunscreens and antifungals. Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson recalled certain aerosol sunscreen sprays under the brands Neutrogena and Aveeno. Beiersdorf AG recalled some Coppertone sunscreen sprays in September. The next month, Bayer AG pulled certain Lotrimin and Tinactin sprays used for athlete’s foot and jock itch after tests showed some samples contained benzene.