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Valisure’s Findings Of Benzene In Body Sprays Suggest Ongoing Aerosol Propellant Problem

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Hydrocarbon-based propellants can harbor trace levels of benzene, among other impurities, when quality controls are insufficient. Leading brands’ antiperspirant and deodorant body sprays are the latest aerosol personal-care products identified by independent laboratory Valisure as contaminated with the carcinogen.

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