Valisure Alerts US FDA To Benzene In Dry Shampoos, Says Any Detected Level Could Be ‘Unacceptable’
Valisure found 70% of 148 tested dry shampoo batches contained ‘quantifiable’ benzene. The US FDA advises a strict 2ppm limit when benzene’s use is unavoidable to produce a drug product with a “significant therapeutic advance.” In dry shampoos, “any significant detection of benzene could be deemed unacceptable,” Valisure suggests in its 31 October citizen petition to the agency.
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The firm has instructed retailers to remove, and consumers not to use, selected lots of dry shampoo aerosol products from Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI and TRESemme. The voluntary action follows Unilever’s recall of Suave aerosol antiperspirants in March, also due to potential benzene contamination.
The latest in litigation against Unilever, P&G, Beiersdorf and J&J alleging violations for selling personal-care products contaminated with benzene.
Samples of two Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirants tested positive for “slightly elevated levels of benzene,” leading Unilever to recall all lots of the products that remain in circulation after the line’s discontinuation “for business reasons” in October 2021.