Valisure, an online pharmacy, is reporting that its labs have discovered benzene in hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and deodorant. Benzene is a chemical that is known to cause cancer in humans. Valisure tested deodorants from various brands that are sold at Walgreens pharmacies.
Valisure has also issued another citizen petition to the FDA that is asking for the recall of several batches and brands of deodorant and antiperspirant body sprays. According to Valisure, 30 out of 108 products tested contained detectable levels of benzene. Valisure reported that some batches contained as much as nine times the emergency FDA limit of 2 parts per million.
David Light, the founder and CEO of Valisure, states that people use these products daily, and the benzene contamination is harmful. David Light, founder and CEO of Valisure, said in a statement. Valisure issued other warnings concerning sunscreens and hand sanitizers that resulted in national recalls this year.
Valisure is urging the FDA to recall the contaminated batches and for the FDA to define limits for benzene in cosmetic and drug products. The report states that body sprays that use propellants like butane, propane, and alcohol are used often and may potentially contaminate benzene.
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