Public advisory

Recall: Three lots of Odor-Eaters Spray Powder for athlete’s foot

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Summary

Product
Odor-Eaters Spray Powder (DIN 02244777) for athlete’s foot
Issue
Health products » Product safety
What to do

Stop using the affected products. Consult a health care professional if you have used any of these products and have health concerns.

Affected products

Product Name

DIN

Lot #

Expiry

Odor-Eaters Spray Powder

02244777

D20C04

03/2022

Odor-Eaters Spray Powder

02244777

D20K13

10/2022

Odor-Eaters Spray Powder

02244777

D21H03

08/2023

Odor-Eaters Spray Powder (not being recalled as it is expired)

02244777

D19K22

10/2021

Issue

Blistex Corporation is recalling three lots of Odor-Eaters Spray Powder (D20C04, D20K13 and D21H03) due to contamination with benzene. Frequent and long-term exposure (e.g., through the skin or by inhalation) to elevated levels of benzene may pose serious health risks. Children may be more vulnerable to these risks.

Odor-Eaters Spray Powder is an antifungal spray used for the treatment and prevention of athlete’s foot. It is available over-the-counter for use by adults, adolescents and children ages two years and older.

Immediate signs of exposure to elevated levels of benzene include drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and headaches.

While there is no safe level of benzene, people can be exposed to benzene during everyday life by air (e.g., by inhaling car exhaust, second-hand tobacco smoke and industrial emissions) and by swallowing benzene or by absorbing it through the skin (e.g., through contact with contaminated water). Long-term (over a year or more) and repeated exposure to elevated levels of benzene may lead to serious health effects, including various forms of cancer such as leukemia, anemia (low red blood cells) and bone marrow failure. Children may be more vulnerable to these risks.

Health Canada is monitoring the company’s recall. If additional safety concerns are identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians.

What you should do

  • Stop using the affected products. Consult a health care professional if you have used any of these products and have health concerns.
  • Visit the company’s website, www.odoreatersrecall2021.com, or contact Blistex Corporation by email at odoreatersrecall2021@sedgwick.com, or by calling 1-855-544- 4821 if you have questions about the recall, or to request a refund.
  • Report any health product-related side effects or complaints to Health Canada.

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Additional information

Background

There have been a number of recalls in Canada related to benzene contamination in certain health products in an aerosol spray format. To date, certain sunscreen and athlete's foot sprays have been recalled. Health Canada is working with companies to determine the scope and cause of the issue and appropriate mitigation steps to prevent it from reoccurring. 

Details
Original published date:
Alert / recall type
Public advisory
Category
Health product » Drugs
Published by
Health Canada
Audience
General public
Identification number
RA-63608
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