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Category Press Release
Publish Date 1/17/2022
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Odor-Reducing and Antifungal Foot Spray Products Recalled Due to Benzene Contamination
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to identify benzene and other potential chemical exposure risks.

Cinnaminson, New Jersey, January 17th, 2022

Late last year, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada posted information about the voluntary recall of certain lots of aerosol spray products used to reduce foot odors and for use as an antifungal agent. The recall to the consumer level in both countries is due to the presence of benzene in specific lots of the products.

The risk statement in the FDA-posted recall notice declares:

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.

“This latest recall follows a number of other ones by various consumer product companies that occurred in 2021, all due to benzene exposure concerns,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The other recalled aerosol products, ranging from sunscreens, antiperspirants and foot deodorants, were also taken off store shelves and consumers were told to not use them. Even though these products are said to have low levels of benzene, the chemical is a human carcinogen. To help prevent these types of risks to consumers, and the high costs associated with nationwide recalls, the consumer product, industrial hygiene, and environmental laboratories of EMSL Analytical offer benzene and other chemical testing services. With facilities across the United States and Canada, EMSL’s renowned scientists are available to help manufacturers, importers, retailers, regulatory agencies and public health professionals.”

To learn more about consumer product, indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, or environmental testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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