It is possible that the poisonous liquid component, which has an odor similar to that of gasoline, is included in a number of spray-on items that are available for purchase in stores and online. A causal relationship between prolonged contact with the chemical and the onset of serious problems, such as leukemia and nerve damage, has been established.
It is possible that cancer-causing chemicals can be found in detectable amounts in as much as seventy percent of the dry shampoos offered by internet shops in the UK.
These results are based on a series of laboratory tests that were performed on a random sample of 148 spray-on products from 34 different brands that were sold in various locations throughout the UK.
A citizen petition was submitted to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the independent laboratory Valisure. In the petition, Valisure stated discovering levels of benzene that were 10 times higher than the FDA limit for pharmaceuticals, which is 2 parts per million (PPM).
The organization emphasized in its petition how urgently the limits of benzene that can be found in items that are marketed commercially need to be tightened.
In addition to this, it strongly recommended that the FDA initiate a recall of all of the affected lots of dry shampoo that were discovered in the investigation.
It comes after several brands of aerosol dry shampoo products were voluntarily recalled the previous month amid concerns that the chemical may have been included in the products.
In animal and human tests, it has been demonstrated time and time again that the odorless liquid chemical can cause cancer. This chemical can be found in cigarette smoke, gasoline, and adhesives and glues.
Because of its intolerable level of toxicity, the FDA has classified it as a Class 1 solvent at the moment, which means that it “should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substance.”
According to the information provided on the website Drug Watch: “The chemical is on the “known to cause cancer” list maintained by a number of federal agencies.
According to some studies, being exposed to benzene can increase the likelihood of developing some cancers by as much as 40 percent.
In study after study, including one that was published in the Annual Review of Public Health in 2010, researchers have come to the conclusion that there is no amount of exposure to the chemical that is considered safe.
In point of fact, the research suggests that even brief exposure to low levels of benzene might significantly raise the risk of leukemia.
According to the American Cancer Society, laboratory studies have demonstrated that benzene, after it has entered the bloodstream, causes alterations in the chromosomes of cells that reside in the bone marrow.
This helps to explain why the chemical has such strong ties to blood cancer; nevertheless, while the majority of the research has concentrated on leukemia, correlations have also been made with lung cancer.
If the sickness spreads to other parts of the body, including the lungs, it can cause nodules to form in the lungs that are malignant, as stated by the American Cancer Society.
The following is a statement issued by David Light, Chief Executive Officer of Valisure: “Because dry shampoos are most likely used indoors, which is an environment in which benzene can linger and be inhaled for extended periods of time, the discovery of high levels of the chemical in these products should give rise to significant cause for concern.
“These and other issues identified by Valisure, including the detection of benzene in body spray, hand sanitizer, and sunscreen products, strongly underscore the importance of independent testing and its need to be better integrated into an increasingly complex and vulnerable global supply chain.” [Citation needed] “The importance of independent testing and its need to be better integrated into an increasingly complex and vulnerable global supply chain.”
In continuation, Mr. Light stated, “The presence of this recognized human carcinogen in dry shampoo products that are commonly used indoors and in big quantities makes this discovery especially concerning.”
People who breathe in air that has been contaminated by the chemical, which can occur naturally or as a result of human activity, are affected.
After benzene was found to be present in a number of deodorants and sunscreens over the past year, the manufacturers were forced to issue recalls for those items.