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Popular brand of antiperspirant recalled for potential cancer-causing chemical

There's another recall involving an aerosolized health product due to the presence of the potential cancer-causing chemical benzene.

Editor's note: The video above is from a similar recall in November 2021.

A popular brand of antiperspirant is being recalled because it may contain a potentially cancer-causing chemical. It's the latest such recall involving aerosol health and beauty products in the past few months.

Unilever is recalling two versions of Suave 24-hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant. The company said an internal review found unexpected, slightly elevated levels of benzene from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.

The products are:

  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder -- 4-ounce cans with UPC 079400751508
  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder -- 6-ounce cans with UPC 079400784902
  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh -- 6-ounce cans with UPC 079400785503  
Credit: Unilever
Specific UPC and sizes of Suave 24-Hour Protection Fresh Antiperspirant and Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder were recalled on March 30, 2022.

The recall affects all of the products above with expiration dates through September 2023. They were sold at retail stores nationwide and online.

Benzene can result in cancer, but Unilever said that based on an independent health hazard evaluation, the amounts detected in the recalled antiperspirant would be unlikely to cause health issues. That's similar to recent recalls involving shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens and other antiperspirants.

Benzene found in multiple different products people are exposed to daily. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this can include gasoline, cigarette smoke, plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers. It can also be used in some types of lubricants, detergents and pesticides.

Anyone with the recalled products is urged to throw them away and contact Unilever at (866) 204-9756. 

Those who have had problems with recalled products are asked to report it to the Food and Drug Administration's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

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