Procter & Gamble is voluntarily recalling all lots of specific Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants sold in the U.S. set to expire through September 2023 due to the presence of benzene.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said benzene, though ubiquitous in the environment, is classified as a human carcinogen, and exposure by inhalation, orally or through the skin can result in cancers that could be life-threatening.
The FDA cautioned that daily exposure to benzene at the levels detected in the recalled products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences and that the recall is being implemented out of an abundance of caution.
The affected products are used as antiperspirants and hygiene products and are packaged in aerosol cans. See the group below for UPC codes and product names.
RECALLED OLD SPICE, SECRET PRODUCTS
- 012044001912 | Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport 12/6oz
- 012044044759 | Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 3.8oz
- 037000729747 | Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Pure Sport Plus 12/3.8oz
- 037000730347 | Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 12/3.8oz
- 037000749479 | Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Ult Captain 12/3.8oz
- 037000695714 | Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Unscented 12/4.9oz
- 037000695707 | Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Fresh Air 12/4.9oz
- 037000586906 | Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh Twin Pack
- 037000711087 | Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/6OZ
- 037000711094 | Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/4OZ
- 037000723721 | Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Waterlily 3.8oz
- 037000729860 | Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Lavender 12/3.8oz
- 037000729914 | Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Water Lily 12/3.8oz
- 037000729921 | Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Light Essentials 12/3.8oz
- 037000798842 | Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Rose 12/3.8oz
- 037000747642 | Secret Outlast Inv Spray Completely Clean 12/3.8oz
- 037000747727 | Secret Outlast Inv Spray Protecting Powder 12/3.8oz
- 012044048535 | Old Spice Pure Sport 2021 Gift Set
The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the United States through retail outlets and online.
All other Old Spice and Secret products, including body spray products, solid sticks, soft solids, gel antiperspirants, and deodorant products, are not impacted by this issue and may continue to be used as intended.
Retailers have been asked to remove products from shelves. Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the affected aerosol spray products. Old Spice and Secret will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased products impacted by this recall. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can seek more information via the Consumer Care team at 888-339-7689 from Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.