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Sure and Brute deodorant sprays recalled nationwide after benzene detection

According to a notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration, the Sure and Brute aerosol deodorant sprays sold across the country are being recalled due to the presence of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

The recall includes all lot numbers with expiration dates on or before August 2023, TCP Hot Acquisition DBA HRB Brands, which markets the products, said in a news release Wednesday.

Recalled product.

TCP Hot Acquisition LLC


“While benzene is not an ingredient in any of the recalled products, our review revealed that the unexpected level of benzene came from the propellant that sprayed the product out of the can,” said TCP.

The consumer products company sold its personal care business to HRB Brands in 2021 for $44.7 million in cash.

The recall states that classified as a human carcinogen, benzene can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, resulting in cancer as well as life-threatening blood disorders, including leukemia.

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Recalled product.

TCP Hot Acquisition LLC


Widely used in manufacturing, benzene is present throughout the environment and can cause cancer with repeated exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Consumers were urged to stop using the recalled products. Anyone with questions can call (866) 615-0976 or request a refund at www.brutsurerecall2022.com.

The five products affected by the recall are:

  • Brut Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol (4 oz) (UPC 00827755070085)
  • Brut Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol (6 oz) (UPC 000827755070108)
  • Brutal Classic Deodorant Aerosol (10.0 oz) (UPC 00827755070047)
  • Sure Regular Antiperspirant Aerosol (6.0 oz) (UPC 00883484002025)
  • Sure Unscented Antiperspirant Aerosol (6.0 oz) (UPC 00883484002278)

Sixth Product Delivered in Canada:

  • Brutal Classic Deodorant Aerosol (154g) (UPC 00827755070177)
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Recalled products.

TCP Hot Acquisition LLC


Last year, more than half a dozen products were recalled because of benzene. including six brands of Procter & Gamble dry shampoo and conditioner spray products.

Other prior recalls include five of Coppertone’s sunscreen products, which were found to contain benzene at the end of September, while Johnson & Johnson recalled in July Benzene was found in five of its sunscreens. Another extended recall involved hand sanitizer sprays containing benzene.

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