Unilever Agrees to US$2 Million Settlement Over Benzene-Contaminated Suave Deodorants
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Unilever Agrees to US$2 Million Settlement Over Benzene-Contaminated Suave Deodorants

THE WHAT?   Unilever has agreed to a US$2 million settlement to resolve allegations that its Suave brand aerosol deodorants were contaminated with benzene, a known carcinogen. This settlement comes after claims that consumers were exposed to the harmful chemical in products purchased between January 1, 2018, and March 7, 2024.

THE DETAILS    The class action lawsuit claimed that Unilever’s Suave 24-Hour Protection Powder Aerosol Antiperspirant and Suave 24-Hour Protection Fresh Aerosol Antiperspirant contained benzene, posing a risk to consumers. Despite not admitting any wrongdoing, Unilever initiated a recall of the implicated products in March 2022 after discovering the contamination. Exposure to benzene is linked to leukaemia and other severe health conditions, raising significant concerns about consumer safety.

THE WHY? Under the settlement terms, affected consumers are eligible for compensation without the necessity of proof of purchase. Claimants who can provide proof of purchase are entitled to a full refund for the products bought, while those without proof can receive US$3.29 per product, up to three products per household, representing the average retail price. The total compensation may be adjusted depending on the number of claims submitted to ensure that all available settlement funds are equitably distributed.

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