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NAFDAC warns against using recalled body sprays

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NATIONAL Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians to be on the lookout for some recalled brands of body sprays due to the presence of benzene, a carcinogenic substance in them.

  The alert, with No. 0011/2022, and signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, on the official website of NAFDAC.

  The names of the affected brands are Brut and Sure with expiry dates of on or before August 2023.

  The NAFDAC DG said the agency was notified by the US Food and Drug Administration that the manufacturer was voluntarily recalling the product.

  “TCP HOT Acquisition LLC dba HRB Brands Stamford, USA is voluntarily recalling all lot numbers with expiration dates on or before August 2023 of the Sure and Brut Aerosol Sprays.

“The recall was due to the presence of benzene. While Benzene is not an ingredient in any of the recalled products, the company`s review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can. These products were owned and distributed by Helen of Troy Limited USA prior to June 7, 2021.”

  NAFDAC further stated, “Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukaemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders, which can be life-threatening.

  “Benzene is prevalent in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposure to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources.

“To date, no reports of adverse events related to this recall have been reported. This voluntary recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution.

  “The voluntarily recalled products are packaged in aerosol cans and are used as deodorants to prevent or mask body odour or antiperspirants to reduce sweating.”

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