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    BATCHES of a common blood pressure drug have been recalled due to a chemical substance being present in the pill. A total of 44 batches of irbesartan are being pulled back from pharmacies and wholesalers as a precautionary measure, experts have said. 1Pills used to treat high blood pressure have been recalled due to fears of a chemical substance being presentCredit: Alamy Irbesartan is used to treat high blood pressure, in turn preventing heart attacks and strokes. These drugs are also used in patients who have recently had a heart attack or are living with heart failure. Experts testing the pill in labs found the presence of chemical substance AZBT. Long-term exposure to the chemical, and consuming 'above acceptable limits' may potentially increase the risk of cancer. Experts are however keen to highlight that there is no UK or international evidence that this substance has caused any harm to patients. Dr Alison Cave, MHRA Chief Safety Officer, said: “Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do. This recall is a precautionary measure to prevent further exposure to AZBT above the...
    Eighteen Old Spice and Secret deodorant sprays have been recalled because the products contain benzene, which has been linked to leukemia and blood cancers.   Cincinnati-based parent company Proctor and Gamble (P&G) released a 'voluntary' recall list of 18 aerosol deodorants on November 23.  Recalled products include the Old Spice Pure Sport gift set, as well as popular scents like Swagger and Powder Fresh.  P&G will be taking all products with an expiration date up to September 2023 off the shelves in the U.S.  The company did state that the levels of benzene in the products have a low chance of causing consumers harm. Benzene is considering a human carcinogen.   '[The] daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,' the company wrote in a statement published on the FDA website.  Old Spice Pure Sport aerosol deodorant, as well as 17 other Old Spice and Secret products, have been 'voluntarily' recalled for containing benzene, which has been linked to blood cancers and leukemia. Its parent company Proctor and Gamble...
    SOME Old Spice and Secret deodorants have been recalled after a cancer-causing chemical was detected. Procter & Gamble issued a recall earlier this week for more than a dozen of their deodorants. 1Some Old Spice products have been recalledCredit: Getty Despite the benzene fears, the company said that the products likely will not expose people to high enough levels of the chemical to cause health issues. The company added it has not "received any reports of adverse events," but it's moving forward with the recall out of "an abundance of caution." "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," the recall notice said. The company is urging customers who bought the products, both in-store and online, to throw them out immediately. Customers will then fill out an online form or contact a hotline at 888-339-7689 Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm ET to receive a refund. Most read in The US...
    Antiperspirant products are being recalled because of a cancer-causing chemical. Old Spice says it is voluntarily recalling the aerosol spray products that were sold in stores nationwide and online due to the presence of the chemical compound benzene in some products.  "Daily exposure to the level of benzene detected would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences and we are conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution," Old Spice said in a statement. UPC descriptions for the recalled products are as follows: 012044001912 Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport 12/6oz 012044044759 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 3.8oz 037000729747 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Pure Sport Plus 12/3.8oz 037000730347 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 12/3.8oz 037000749479 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Ult Captain 12/3.8oz 037000695714 Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Unscented 12/4.9oz 037000695707 Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Fresh Air 12/4.9oz 012044048535 Old Spice Pure Sport 2021 Gift Set Customers can request a refund by: Clicking here for a one-product refund. Clicking here...
    Antiperspirant products are being recalled because of a cancer-causing chemical. Old Spice says it is voluntarily recalling the aerosol spray products that were sold in stores nationwide and online due to the presence of the chemical compound benzene in some products.  "Daily exposure to the level of benzene detected would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences and we are conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution," Old Spice said in a statement. UPC descriptions for the recalled products are as follows: 012044001912 Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport 12/6oz 012044044759 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 3.8oz 037000729747 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Pure Sport Plus 12/3.8oz 037000730347 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 12/3.8oz 037000749479 Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Ult Captain 12/3.8oz 037000695714 Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Unscented 12/4.9oz 037000695707 Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Fresh Air 12/4.9oz 012044048535 Old Spice Pure Sport 2021 Gift Set Customers can request a refund by: Clicking here for a one-product refund. Clicking here...
    (CNN) — Procter & Gamble Co. issued a recall for more than a dozen Old Spice and Secret-branded aerosol deodorants and sprays, warning that the products could contain benzene, a cancer-causing agent. The recall notice, published earlier this week, noted that the affected products likely will not expose people to levels of benzene high enough to cause health issues. The company added it has not “received any reports of adverse events,” but it’s moving forward with the recall out of “an abundance of caution.” “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,” the recall notice said. P&G wants people who purchased the affected products – which were sold in stores across the United States, as well as online – to throw them away, and the company is offering full refunds. Customers can fill out an online form or contact a hotline at 888-339-7689 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Retailers have been told...
    New York (CNN Business)Procter & Gamble Co. issued a recall for more than a dozen Old Spice and Secret-branded aerosol deodorants and sprays, warning that the products could contain benzene, a cancer-causing agent.The recall notice, published earlier this week, noted that the affected products likely will not expose people to levels of benzene high enough to cause health issues. The company added it has not "received any reports of adverse events," but it's moving forward with the recall out of "an abundance of caution." "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," the recall notice said. Sunscreen recall: What the finding of a cancer-causing chemical means for youP&G (PG) wants people who purchased the affected products — which were sold in stores across the United States, as well as online — to throw them away, and the company is offering full refunds. Customers can fill out an online form or contact a hotline...
    (CBS) – Procter & Gamble is recalling some Old Spice and Secret antiperspirants because a cancer-causing chemical was detected. Benzene was found in the aerosol spray antiperspirants sold nationwide in stores and online. A full list of the affected products can be found here. READ MORE: Motorcyclist Killed After Hitting Sign Along I-80 In Placer CountyThe levels of benzene detected in the sprays wouldn’t be enough to be harmful, Procter & Gamble said, citing exposure modeling and cancer risk assessments from the EPA. READ MORE: Run To Feed The Hungry Raises Nearly $1M For Sacramento Food BankThere’ve been no reports of adverse events and the deodorants are being recalled out of an abundance of caution, the company said. MORE NEWS: Beloved Tahoe Park Donut Shop Burglarized Thanksgiving MorningOther Old Spice and Secret products aren’t impacted by the issue.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Several popular body sprays are being recalled due to concerns about a possible cancer-causing chemical. Procter & Gamble is voluntarily recalling 18 versions of its Old Spice and Secret antiperspirants. READ MORE: TSA: Thanksgiving Travelers Set Pandemic RecordThe aerosol sprays were sold in stores nationwide and online. The FDA says the products may contain benzene, which is a human carcinogen. (Source: Procter & Gamble, FDA) READ MORE: ‘He Came Over With His Mother’: Former President Trump Confirms Kyle Rittenhouse Visited Him At Mar-A-LagoExposure to the containment has been known to lead to cancers like leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow as well as life-threatening blood disorders. Procter & Gamble have not received any reports of any adverse effects from the products. The FDA says customers should not use the following sprays: Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport 12/6oz Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 3.8oz Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Pure Sport Plus 12/3.8oz Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 12/3.8oz...
    Procter and Gamble is recalling 18 Old Spice and secret products because of a cancer-causing chemical.The aerosol antiperspirants were sold in stores nationwide and online.The FDA said the products may have benzene, which is known to lead to blood cancers and other blood disorders.There have been no reports of adverse effects from the products.The affected products are used as antiperspirant spray products and are packaged in aerosol cans. See below for Product names and UPC codes and further descriptions.UPC: Description037000728870: Old Spice Sweat Defense Pure Sport Plus Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g037000728863: Old Spice Sweat Defense Stronger Swagger Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g012044029053: Old Spice Sweat Defense Ultimate Captain Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g056100008965: Secret Baby Powder Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 122 g037000747765: Secret Outlast Completely Clean Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g037000747826: Secret Outlast Protecting Powder Dry Spray Antiperspirant/Deodorant 107 g037000729587: Secret Dry Spray Lavender Anti-perspirant/Deodorant 107 g037000729600: Secret Dry Spray Waterlily Anti-perspirant/Deodorant 107 gIf you have one of the sprays, you can get in touch with the company to get a refund.Consumers with questions regarding this recall can seek more information...
    A team of researchers is now asking the Food and Drug Administration to recall a number of sunscreen brands after finding that they may contain a cancer-causing chemical. This follows an earlier recall of five sunscreen brands. Earlier report: Five Sunscreens Recalled Due To Cancer-Causing Chemical The New York Post reported that a team of researchers led by Executive Director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory Craig Downs, asked the FDA to recall sunscreens containing octocrylene. They said the ingredient could degrade to suspected carcinogen benzophenone. The NY Post said that as of April, nearly 2,400 products on the market contained octocrylene. This included brands such as Neutrogena and Coppertone. Johnson & Johnson recalled five aerosol sunscreen products in July after testing found low levels of benzene, a carcinogen in the four Neutrogena products, and one Aveeno product. 
    More On: pfizer Israel giving COVID-19 booster shots to at-risk population Pfizer, US health officials to discuss COVID boosters on Monday What you need to know about the COVID-19 booster shot debate Fully vaccinated Americans ‘don’t need booster shot’ for Delta variant: CDC Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is recalling 12 lots of its popular anti-smoking drug Chantix after the company discovered the products contain high levels of a chemical that may cause cancer. The voluntary move expands on a recall that covered nine lots of Chantix, which goes by the generic name varenicline, and was issued to warehouses earlier this month. Pfizer said it found N-nitroso-varenicline, which is a type of organic compound called a nitrosamine, in the product at levels higher than the company’s so-called acceptable intake limit. Nitrosamines can develop naturally in a broad range of items, including meats, cheeses and cosmetics. The FDA has warned that long-term exposure to high levels of nitrosamines can increase the risk of cancer. The company insisted that the presence of the chemical “may be associated with a potential increased cancer risk in...
    (CNN)The burning heat of summer has us all reaching for sunscreens. But before you slather that product on your skin, first check to see if it is part of a voluntary recall by sunscreen brands Neutrogena and Aveeno. How to safely exercise outdoors when its hot out The companies recently pulled several sunscreens from market shelves after independent testing had found they were contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical called benzene. "Exposure to benzene increases the risk of developing leukemia and other blood disorders," according to the National Cancer Institute. CVS Health also stopped selling two of its after-sun care products due to similar findings. But other sunscreens and after-sun cosmetics, which also tested positive for the toxin, remain on the market (the full list is below).The vast majority of tested sunscreens, however, were free of benzene, and experts stress the importance of sunscreen use to protect skin from the aging and cancerous effects of the sun.Read More"It is NOT a reason to stop using sun protection, which is known to prevent skin cancer. To do so would be like hearing...
    The Johnson & Johnson company is voluntarily recalling five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno brand sunscreens after finding a cancer-causing chemical in some samples. The company said Wednesday consumers should stop using the products and throw them away once internal testing found low levels of benzene in some of the samples, Reuters reported. In a press release, Johnson & Johnson said, “The only sunscreen products impacted are aerosol products,” which are listed as follows: Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen, and Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen. The news release continued: Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. Benzene can be absorbed, to varying degrees, by inhalation, through the skin, and orally. Based on exposure modeling and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) framework, daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol...
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    Johnson & Johnson is recalling five of its aerosol sunscreens after testing found low levels of a carcinogen in the products. On Wednesday, July 14, the company reported that low levels of benzene were found in the following products: NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen, NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen, NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen, NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen, and AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen J&J said benzene isn't an ingredient in any of the products, and it is investigating the cause.  Anyone using these products should stop and discard them, the company said. Consumers can also contact the consumer care center with questions or to request a refund at 1-800-458-1673. J&J added that incidents of melanoma are increasing worldwide and are often caused by excessive exposure to the sun.  "It is important that people everywhere continue to take appropriate sun protection measures, including the continued use of alternative sunscreen," the company said. 
    Johnson & Johnson has recalled five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol spray sunscreens after internal testing uncovered the cancer-causing chemical benzene in some samples.   The New Jersey-based company on Wednesday told consumers to immediately stop using the products and discard them.  J&J insisted only low levels of benzene were found, which would not be expected to pose a health risk, but said the company was voluntarily recalling the five sunscreens 'out of an abundance of caution'.  The affected products are Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreen versions: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen. Johnson & Johnson has recalled five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol spray sunscreens after internal testing uncovered the cancer-causing chemical benzene in some samples. Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen (above) is one of the five recalled products The New Jersey-based company on Wednesday told consumers to immediately stop using the products and discard them. The affected products include Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen (left) and UltraSheer aerosol...
    More On: recalls Radio host Larry Elder makes late entry into California recall race California Gov. Newsom can’t add party ID to recall ballot, judge rules In one-party states like California, recalls are the only way to keep pols accountable Are you clucking kidding? Nearly 8.5 million pounds of this popular chicken recalled Johnson & Johnson is recalling five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens after the company found low levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in some samples. The company said customers should stop using the affected products, which were distributed through stores nationwide. The recall covers the Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreens: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen. Benzene, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can cause leukemia or other cancers after long-term exposure to high levels, is not an ingredient in the affected sunscreens, J&J noted. The pharmaceutical giant said it’s investigating how the chemical might have gotten into some of its products. ...
    FIVE Johnson & Johnson spray sunscreens were yanked from store shelves after some samples were found to contain the cancer-causing chemical benzene. The company cautioned that while the use of these products “would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences" it voluntarily moved to recall them "out of an abundance of caution.” 4Five Johnson and Johnson spray sunscreens were voluntarily recalled after laboratory tests found some contained the cancer-causing chemical benzeneCredit: AP 4The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company urged customers to stop using its spray products and that it was offering refundsCredit: Neutrogena The health care giant confirmed that the harmful chemical benzene was discovered following both in-house and independent laboratory tests.   The five recalled products involve all sizes of spray cans and all sun protection factors (SPF) of Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreen versions: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen. Consumers were urged to stop using its products immediately and seek out alternative sunscreens to protect themselves from skin cancer melanoma. The...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An online pharmacy and lab are asking the FDA to recall some popular sunscreens and after-sun products after tests it conducted showed they contained a known cancer-causing chemical. Tests by Valisure show dozens of popular sunscreens and after-sun products contain Benzene, a chemical tied to blood cancers. READ MORE: Man Sought After Barricading Himself Inside Miami Home Following Dispute With Neighbor Benzene is a known carcinogen and was found in 27% of the sprays and lotions tested. That includes products sold by Neutrogena, Banana Boat, and CVS. “The problem with Benzene, is that it can cause leukemia, anemia, things like this,” said CBS chief medical correspondent Jon Lapook. Lapook, said one of the things the FDA will look into is how the chemical is getting into the products. “There is no manufacturer that’s intentionally adding it to the sunscreen product. Somehow it’s in there as a contaminate. It’s not clear how it gets in there. Is it one of the ingredients that got contaminated? Is it the process of making the lotion or the after-sun product that creates...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With summer fast approaching, we’re reminded to use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. But now there’s word that an online pharmacy and lab has found a known cancer-causing chemical in a number of popular sunscreens, and as CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported Wednesday, the lab is calling for the Food and Drug Administration to issue a recall of those products. It’s that time of year — people spending more time in the sun. But tests by Valisure, an online pharmacy and lab, show dozens of popular sunscreens and after-sun products contain a chemical tied to blood cancers. READ MORE: Chemical Sunscreens Help Prevent Skin Cancer, But What Else Do They Do To A Body? Benzene, a known carcinogen, was found in 27% of the sprays and lotions tested. That includes products sold by Neutrogena, Banana Boat, and CVS. “The problem with Benzene is that it can cause leukemia, anemia, things like this,” CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook said. LaPook said the FDA will try to determine how the benzene is getting into the products....
    Most sunscreens were found to be benzene-free. iStock Some sunscreen batches have been found to contain benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. Long-term benzene exposure has been linked to a five-fold increase in leukemia risk. The lab that identified the contaminated batches is asking the FDA to recall the products. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An independent laboratory is calling for 40 batches of sunscreen products to be pulled from shelves after they were found to contain significant amounts of benzene, a known carcinogen. Benzene has been linked to increased cancer risk since 1977, when a landmark study found workers who were exposed to benzene over nine years had a five times higher than normal risk of leukemia. Nowadays, the chemical is most commonly found in cigarette smoke and gasoline fumes. Although the small amounts found in the sunscreen products are far less toxic in comparison, experts say any benzene exposure poses a health risk. "There's no such thing as a safe level of exposure, and that's especially true for children," Philip Landrigan, director of the Global Public...
    An independent testing lab has detected the chemical benzene, a known human carcinogen, in 78 sunscreen products and is now calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall the products. The lab, Valisure, checks medications and health care products for quality. Recently, the company tested nearly 300 sunscreen products and found that 27% contained benzene, according to a statement from the company. Fourteen of the products (5%) contained benzene at levels higher than 2 parts per million (ppm), which is the FDA's recommended limit for benzene in medically valuable drugs that can't be made without it. "The presence of this known human carcinogen in products widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and that are regularly used by adults and children is very troubling," David Light, founder and CEO of Valisure, said in the statement. IS EXPIRED SUNSCREEN BETTER THAN NO SUNSCREEN?  Benzene is a colorless or light yellow liquid that forms naturally but is also produced by human activities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For example, automobile emissions and the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Hand sanitizer is known to keep us safe, but a new study finds some brands contain high levels of a cancer causing chemical. Valisure, and independent lab and pharmacy that tests drug products for quality, says it found elevated levels of benzene in 21 sanitizers out of 260. READ MORE: NYPD Offers Reward For Information Leading To Arrest In Brutal Attack On 65-Year-Old Asian Woman In Midtown In the early days of the pandemic, the FDA reportedly relaxed standards on benzene, but valisure says many products contain well above the allowable limit. “Honestly, I was shocked,” Valisure CEO David Light said. “It might very well be the most well-known… compound that is dangerous to humans.” READ MORE: New York State Senate, Assembly Pass Legalization Of Marijuana The leading hand sanitizer brand, Purell, and many others had no detectable levels of benzene. Valisure has petitioned the FDA to launch an investigation and recall for the products on the list. The agency says it is reviewing the petition and continues to test sanitizer products and monitor the market....
    Some hand sanitizers that popped up during the coronavirus pandemic to help meet the demand, contain high levels of a cancer-causing chemical, a new analysis finds. Valisure, an online pharmacy based in New Haven, Connecticut, said it has detected benzene in several batches across multiple brands of hand sanitizer. The product is considered as dangerous as asbestos and several companies had levels up to eight times that the limit recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 'The presence of benzene, a known human carcinogen, and multiple other contaminants, in products widely recommended for the prevention of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 and regularly used by adults and children in large volumes makes these findings especially troubling,' Valisure wrote in a letter to the FDA.  Valisure, an online pharmacy based in New Haven, Connecticut, tested 260 hand sanitizer bottles from 168 brands and found benzene in several bottles including from company artsnatural, which has eight times more than the recommended limit (above) A total of 44 batches, or 17% - including these Satar Wars hand sanitizers (above)...
    This preventative product may have done more damage than good. When COVID-19 initially gripped the United States, stores ran out of groceries, toilet paper and hand sanitizer — creating a void that was then filled by lesser-known brands. However, some of those products have been found to contain high levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene. “These findings are alarming and reveal a serious potential risk to public health,” said David Light, the CEO of online pharmacy and product testing company Valisure, which recently analyzed 168 hand sanitizer brands. The findings were disturbing: 17% of samples detected benzene and 8% of samples contained benzene amounts higher than the temporary limit the Food and Drug Administration set to help the market meet sanitizer dem and, Bloomberg reported . Valisure released its findings in a citizen petition to the FDA in which the company requests the agency take action regarding products with the highest levels of benzene. The majority of the problematic products were made in the US or China and were gels. A number of them were widely available, with some...
    More On: Coronavirus New York lags behind dozens of states in universal COVID vaccine eligibility Nasal snobs: Cuomo allegedly got family members prioritized for COVID tests Cops find 29 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses in Italian factory raid Biden hasn’t met with GOP leaders because of COVID: Psaki This preventative product may have done more damage than good. When COVID-19 initially gripped the United States, stores ran out of groceries, toilet paper and hand sanitizer — creating a void that was then filled by lesser-known brands. However, some of those products have been found to contain high levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene. “These findings are alarming and reveal a serious potential risk to public health,” said David Light, the CEO of online pharmacy and product testing company Valisure, which recently analyzed 168 hand sanitizer brands. The findings were disturbing: 17% of samples detected benzene and 8% of samples contained benzene amounts higher than the temporary limit the Food and Drug Administration set to help the market meet sanitizer demand, Bloomberg reported. Valisure released its findings in a citizen petition...
    A number of top brand sunscreen products risk causing cancer if they're left on a shelf for too long, a new study finds, revealing they release toxic chemicals over time.  Scientists from France and the US studied a number of randomly selected brand new sunscreen products containing the organic 'sun filter' chemical 'octocrylene'. Products from Garnier, Bioderma, LaRoche-Posay, L'Oreal, Coppertone, Banana Leaf and Neutrogena were purchased from shops in the US and France - including some products aimed at babies and children. This is a common ingredient of sunscreens as it absorbs UVB radiation, which is responsible for sunburn and skin cancer, but is controversial as it is a potential allergen and isn't biodegradable. It is already banned in a number of places.   The team from Sorbonne University found that octocrylene degrades into the carcinogenic chemical benzophenone when left on the shelf for more than a year.    Study authors say the manufacture of products containing the chemical octocrylene should be banned until the industry can prove 'beyond doubt' that it is safe.  Dr Emma Meredith, Director General of the Cosmetic, Toiletry...
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