Australian recall issued for dry shampoos and conditioners

Procter & Gamble has recalled some dry shampoos and conditioners in Australia, warning the products could contain benzene, a cancer-causing agent.

The affected items include Pantene and Waterl<ss(sic) brands made within certain timeframes and the move follows a much larger recall of products in the US.

People who bought the affected products should stop using them and throw them away, Proctor & Gamble said in a statement.

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A dry shampoo product from Pantene which has been affected by the recall.

"While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our products, our review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can," the statement read.

"We detected benzene in aerosol dry shampoo spray products and aerosol dry conditioner spray products."

The levels of benzene found in the products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences, however they were being recalled out of an "abundance of caution", Proctor & Gamble said.

"However, in light of these findings, and out of an abundance of caution, we have issued a voluntary recall at the consumer level of aerosol dry shampoo spray products and aerosol dry conditioner spray products from Pantene and Waterl<ss."

One of the products affected by the Australian recall

People are being asked to check the production codes to check if they have an affected product.

Pantene and Waterl<ss products with different production codes were still safe to use, the company said.

Proctor & Gamble is offering full refunds to customers.

A full list of recalled products:

Pantene Never Tell Dry shampoo 120 g, with EAN 080878188727 – batch numbers 0065144504, 0280144504, 0310144504, 0330144504, 0364144504, 1008087818, 1008087881 and 1074144504

Pantene Cheat Day Dry Shampoo Foam 169 g, with EAN 080878190928 – batch numbers 0064144504, 0097144504, 0289144504, 1028144504, 1112144504 and 1145144502

Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue for fine or oily hair 106 g with EAN 080878190898 – batch numbers 0098144504, 0279144504, 0335144504, 0336144504 and 1008087819

Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue for fine or oily hair 106 g with EAN 037000543787 – batch numbers 0265144504, 0304144504 and 0356144504

Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo Foam for thick or curly hair 150 g with EAN 037000543794 – batch numbers 0056144504 and 0092144504

Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Weightless smooth 102 g for fine Hair with EAN 037000543954 – batch numbers 0023144504, 0205144504 and 0247144504

Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner instant moisture for thick hair 102 g with EAN 037000543831 – batch numbers 0009144504, 0010144504, 0029144504, 0069144504 and 9298144504

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