Recall notice: Over 100 reports linked to benzene-contaminated dry shampoos

Recall notice: Over 100 reports linked to contaminated dry shampoos with benzene


Health Canada handled over 100 questions and incident reports, including for allergic reactions, following the recall of approximately 1.5 million dry shampoos due to presence of benzene, a carcinogenic chemical. 

The federal agency told Global News that calls received since the recall was initiated were to report “irritation or allergic reactions “, or was the fact of citizens who were wondering.

“Since we are still receiving reports, the total number of incidents and the analysis of the types of injuries are still in progress”, Health Canada said.

The recall, announced October 18 by Health Canada and Unilever, involved Dove, Bed Head TIGI and Tresemmé brand dry shampoos.

“Stop using this product immediately. 'use the recalled products and follow the directions on the product to dispose of them,' Health Canada said in the recall.

In its announcement, Unilever said the internal investigation had determined that the aerosol propellant was involved.

The company also added that benzene was known to cause cancer in humans and could cause leukemia and other blood cancers.

According to Health Canada, benzene can be inhaled, ingested by mouth or absorbed through the skin.

Since 2021, Health Canada has recalled at least 12 products because of benzene.