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P&G Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Spray Antiperspirant Products Due to Detection of Benzene

November 23, 2021

The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) is voluntarily recalling all lots of specific Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirant products sold in Canada, and listed in the table below, to the consumer level due to the presence of benzene detected.

Specific Products included in Voluntary P&G Aerosol Spray Antiperspirant Recall. (Photo: Business Wire)

Specific Products included in Voluntary P&G Aerosol Spray Antiperspirant Recall. (Photo: Business Wire)

Risk Statement: 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 leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening. Based on exposure modeling and the cancer risk assessments published by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. To date, The Procter & Gamble Company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall and is conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution.

The affected products are used as antiperspirant spray products and are packaged in aerosol cans. See table below for Product names and UPC codes and images for further descriptions.




Old Spice Sweat Defense Pure Sport Plus Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g


Old Spice Sweat Defense Stronger Swagger Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g


Old Spice Sweat Defense Ultimate Captain Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g


Secret Baby Powder Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 122 g


Secret Outlast Completely Clean Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g


Secret Outlast Protecting Powder Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g


Secret Dry Spray Lavender Anti-perspirant/Deodorant 107 g


Secret Dry Spray Waterlily Anti-perspirant/Deodorant 107 g

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in Canada through retail outlets and online. All other Old Spice and Secret products are not impacted by this issue and may continue to be used as intended. This represents the vast majority of our products, including body spray products, solid sticks, soft solids and gel antiperspirants and deodorant products.

The Procter & Gamble Company has notified its retailers to remove products from shelves. Old Spice and Secret will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased products impacted by this recall. Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the affected aerosol spray products.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can seek more information via the Consumer Care team at 888-339-7689 from Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 6:00pm EST. Consumers can also visit or for more information about the impacted products and to learn how to receive reimbursement for eligible products. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to Health Canada online or by regular mail.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of Health Canada.

P&G Media Contacts:
Tala Arous

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