P&G’s Internal Sweep For Benzene In Aerosol Sprays Reaches Dry Shampoo Category; Recalls Announced
Procter & Gamble is recalling more than 30 aerosol dry shampoo and conditioner formulas from the US market under the Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Waterl<ss, Old Spice and Hair Food brands, after an internal portfolio review found low levels of benzene contamination.
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