P&G's $8M Benzene Settlement Preliminarily Approved By Ohio Federal Court
The Cincinnati, OH-based firm will pay $8m to recompense Unites States residents who purchased aerosol personal-care products potentially contaminated with benzene over a roughly six-year period.
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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.
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.