Recall roundup: Disney-branded hand sanitizers, Suave antiperspirants, smoke alarms & rattles recalled

Testing detected toxic chemicals in hand sanitizers, antiperspirants

Certain Disney-branded hand sanitizers and Suave aerosol deodorants are recalled because of the presence of carcinogenic chemicals.

Disney-themed hand sanitizers with Mickey Mouse or Baby Yoda on the labels have been recalled because they may be contaminated with harmful chemicals, the Food and Drug Administration announced. In addition, Unilever recalled certain Suave aerosol antiperspirants after tests detected the presence of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical.

Consumers who have the affected products are urged to throw them out.

Hand sanitizers recalled

Best Brands Consumer Products imported the hand sanitizers. FDA testing found methanol, a type of wood alcohol, in the Mickey Mouse product. The testing detected benzene, a known human carcinogen, in “The Mandalorian” product.

The most serious risk is the possibility of children ingesting the products.

Long-term exposure to benzene is known to increase the risk of cancer. Exposure to methanol in large doses can cause nausea, vomiting and headache, and in extreme exposures, it can lead to seizures and death, according to the FDA.

The company indicates it has not received any reports of illness.

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Suave antiperspirant recalled

Unilever recalled two types of Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant after an internal review showed slightly elevated benzene levels in some samples, the company said.

The recalled products are the Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder in the 4 oz. and 6 oz. sizes and the 6 oz. Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh. The recall covers all products with an expiration date through September 2023.

The company said that the benzene came from the propellant that sprays the deodorant out of the can.

“Based on an independent health hazard evaluation, daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,” the company said.

Still, the company cautions consumers to stop using the affected products. They are no longer being manufactured but could still be in homes.

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Smoke/carbon monoxide alarms recalled

Universal Security Instruments recalled 8,000 combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms because they can fail to alert people to hazardous levels of CO2.

Two models are affected. Model MPC322S has a manufacturing date of 2017JUN09. Model MPC122S has a manufacturing date of 2017JUN02.

Consumers should contact the company for a replacement.

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Rattles recalled

Playmonster recalled nearly 9,000 rattles. The company recalled the Kid O Hudson glow rattle, a motion-activated rattle shaped like a puppy.

The problem is the legs can come off, and a baby could choke on the parts.

Parents can contact the company for a $25 refund.

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About the Author:

As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.