After the cancer-causing chemical benzene was discovered in deodorants and antiperspirants, Health Canada is recalling almost 1.5 million Old Spice and Secret products.
The recall, which affects eight Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant and deodorant sprays, was issued by the federal agency on Friday.
"Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the recalled aerosol spray products, and contact the company for reimbursement," Health Canada warned in a statement.
A minor amount of benzene was found, prompting the recall. Health Canada, on the other hand, stated that the quantity of carcinogen identified should not pose a major health risk.
"Based on exposure modelling and the cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency, daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences," the national health agency said.
From November 2019 to November 23, 2021, the recalled products were sold in Canada.
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According to Health Canada, exposure to benzene can cause leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders that can be life threatening.
As of Wednesday, there have been no reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of the recalled products in Canada.