Dry shampoo recall issued in Canada over cancer chemical concerns

Health Canada says a recall has been issued for certain lots of dry shampoo products over chemical concerns.

According to the agency, some Bed Head TIGI, Dove, and Tresemmé dry shampoos are being recalled because benzene has been detected.

The affected products were sold between January 2020 and October 2022. According to Unilever, 1,574,426 units of the affected products were sold across Canada.

The chemical is “classified as a human carcinogen,” with Health Canada saying exposure to benzene “can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening.”

People who have any of the aforementioned products are asked to check the labels to see if they have any affected items. The recalled lots are listed on the Health Canada website.

If you do have a recalled product, you’re told to follow the disposal instructions on the packaging and throw the item out. You can contact the company for reimbursement, the agency adds.

As of Oct. 7, Health Canada says no reports of any injuries or incidents related to the affected shampoos had been reported.

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