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Krebserregende Chemikalie in Clinique, Clearasil-Aknebehandlungen

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(Reuters) – Valisure, an independent US laboratory, has found high concentrations of the carcinogenic chemical benzene in some acne treatments from brands like Estee Lauder’s Clinique, Target’s Up & Up, and Reckitt Benckiser’s Clearasil.

Valisure has filed a petition with the US Food and Drug Administration, urging the regulatory agency to recall the products, conduct an investigation, and revise industry guidelines, the New Haven, Connecticut-based laboratory announced on Wednesday.

Following the report, Estee Lauder’s stocks dropped by 3%.

According to Valisure, benzene could form in both prescription and over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide acne treatment products in „unacceptably high amounts.“

Other products where benzene was detected include Proactiv, PanOxyl, Walgreens‘ acne bar soap, and Walmart’s Equate Beauty acne cream.

Target, Estee Lauder, Walmart, and Reckitt did not respond to Reuters‘ requests for comments. The FDA has not yet responded to Valisure’s petition.

The carcinogen has been found in several consumer products, including sunscreens, hand sanitizers, and dry shampoos, leading to product recalls from companies such as Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson.

However, the detection of benzene in acne treatment products was „significantly different“ from other cases, according to Valisure.

„The benzene we found in sunscreens and other consumer products was from impurities originating from contaminated ingredients; the benzene in benzoyl peroxide products, however, comes from the benzoyl peroxide itself,“ said David Light, co-founder and president of Valisure.

Valisure’s tests showed that some products could form more than 800 times the FDA’s conditionally restricted concentration limit for benzene.

High benzene levels were not only found in the acne products but also in the air around the incubated products, indicating that the carcinogen could leak from some packaging and pose a potential inhalation risk, Valisure reported.

Bloomberg News had previously reported on the development earlier in the day.

(Reporting by Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)

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