Researchers have found benzene in many dry shampoos

(The Hill) – An independent laboratory and healthcare research group found elevated levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene in the majority of samples tested from several brands of dry shampoo.

deep The new study was released on TuesdayValisure said 70 percent of the samples tested contained elevated levels of benzene, with some reaching up to 170 times the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limit of 2 parts per million (ppm).

Valisure tested 148 batches from 34 different brands, including from Not Your Mother’s, Sebastian and Batiste.

Health and medical research group sent a petition to the FDA asking for the recall of the product identified in the study and requesting updated guidelines for the regulation of benzene.

David Light, CEO of Valisure, said “the detection of high levels of benzene in dry shampoos should be of significant concern as these products are likely to be used indoors, where benzene can be inhaled and inhaled for extended periods of time.”

“This and other issues identified by Valisure, including the detection of benzene in body sprays, hand sanitizers, and sunscreen products, underscore the importance of independent testing,” Light said in a statement.

Last month, Unilever, which makes beauty and personal care products, Voluntary recall of several brands of dry shampooincluding Dove, Suave and Bed Head, because of elevated levels of benzene.

Benzene is a colorless or light yellow liquid that has a sweet smell. Chemicals, which are both natural and man-made, evaporate into the air quickly and humans are typically exposed to it through inhalation.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, benzene is one of the 20 most used chemicals in production.

Prolonged exposure to benzene is associated primarily with loss of red blood cells and anemia as well as leukemia, a cancer of the blood-forming organs.

In the Valisure study, three batches from one brand contained benzene levels of more than 100 ppm, while 11 batches from three other brands contained more than 20 ppm. Even more products are found to have levels between 2 and 20 ppm.

According to Valisure, prolonged exposure to even just 1 ppm of benzene can lead to the development of leukemia.

Khaya said that one of the problems is that raw materials, shipments and products are not strictly inspected, which can be risky because the company uses a global supply chain.

“Adding independent testing and certification to the supply chain can significantly improve overall quality and help prevent these contamination issues from reaching consumers,” he said in a statement.

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