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A citizen's petition filed with the US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday reported more than 30 different brands of spray antiperspirant and deodorants contain cancer-causing agents.

The deodorants contain a chemical the agency cites as "unacceptable toxicity" that shouldn't be used in deodorants.

Valisure, an independent lab that filed the petition with the FDA, said 59 antiperspirant and deodorant body spray products from 30 different brands were found to contain the harmful ingredient benzene.

Benzene is a colorless or light-yellow chemical that is a liquid at room temperature. It is typically used as a solvent and is a documented carcinogen in humans.

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"It is, unfortunately, apparent that benzene contamination is a widespread and concerning issue in the American consumer product supply chain and underscores the critical need for independent testing," states David Light. "The global supply chain is incredibly complex and has many vulnerabilities. We believe some of these contamination issues, like benzene in consumer products, might be traced all the way back to the raw materials supplied to manufacturers. Increased vigilance and quality assurance is needed more than ever."

After the lab filed its petition with the FDA, Proctor & Gamble voluntarily recalled 17 of their products from Old Spice and Secret.

The company recalled its products "in an abundance of caution" per a press release.

Products with unacceptable levels of benzene that are still on the market include Tag, Sure, Equate, Suave, Right Guard and Brut.

The current products that have been recalled include:

  • Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Invisible Spray Stronger Swagger
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Invisible Spray Pure Sport Plus
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Invisible Spray Ultimate Captain
  • Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Unscented
  • Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Fresh Air
  • Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh Twin Pack
  • Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh
  • Secret Fresh Collection Invisible Spray Waterlily
  • Secret Fresh Collection Invisible Spray Lavender
  • Secret Fresh Collection Invisible Spray Light Essentials
  • Secret Fresh Collection Invisible Spray Rose
  • Secret Outlast Invisible Spray Completely Clean
  • Secret Outlast Invisible Spray Protecting Powder
  • Old Spice Pure Sport 2021 Gift Set

 
Check the label on your deodorant or antiperspirant to see if it contains the harmful ingredient benzene.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research raised over $2.3 million at the Angel Ball Summer Gala, honoring Simone I. Smith and legendary model Maye Musk, in Southampton, NY, on August 20.

Pictured (L-R): Denise Rich, Lamar Cardinez and his wife Italia Smith Cardinez (LL Cool J's daughter); LL Cool J, his wife Simone I. Smith, and their daughters, Nina Symone Smith and Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood cancers.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

The evening honored Simone I. Smith, Designer & Co-Founder Simone I. Smith jewelry, and legendary model Maye Musk (pictured).

Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter hosted the event in memory of Gabrielle Rich Aouad, to benefit Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

Denise Rich is a renowned singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist and political fundraiser. She has written hit songs for Sister Sledge, Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, and more.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

Jill Martin, host of Shop TODAY with Jill Martin and Lifestyle Contributor to the TODAY Show served as the emcee for the event.

Dinner chairs included Mary J. Blige and Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch along with Honorary Chair, Brock Pierce who made a $100,000 contribution via cryptocurrency, the first crypto donation in the Foundation’s history.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

Notable guests included: LL Cool J, pictured right with Honorary chair Jonathan Tisch; Isaac Boots, Lorraine Schwartz, Dr. Stephen Nimer, Pritika Swarup, Fer da Silva, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Blosette Kitson, Jean Shafiroff, Ronny Kobo, Stalking Gia, Dottie Herman, Cuba Gooding, Jr. Russell Simmons, Jonathan Tisch, Frank Rella, Michele Rella, Jean Shafiroff, Maribel Lieberman, Lizzie Asher, Casey Kohlberg, Nitin Gambhir and Elena Ulansky of Tethys Art, and many others.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

Later in the evening, Star Jones led a paddle raise to help raise funds and Melyora de Koning, Senior Special Phillips Auction, led the event’s highly anticipated live auction which featured exclusive opportunities and items - including an original Peter Tunney; a luxury vacation to Discover Albany, Bahamas; Lorraine Schwartz earrings and a one-of-a-kind digital NFT artwork by Marcel Van Luit and Cutting Edge Apollo.

All Photos by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

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