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Banana Boat recalls spray-sunscreen after it was found to contain cancer-causing chemical BENZENE

Banana Boat recalls spray-sunscreen after it was found to contain cancer-causing chemical BENZENE which can trigger leukemia

  • Banana Boat issued a recall for its Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30
  • Product testing revealed trace amounts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene
  • The chemical came from the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the can
  • Benzene exposure could result in blood disorders, leukemia and other cancers 

Banana Boat has recalled one of its spray sunscreens after trace levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene were found during product tests.

Edgewell Personal Care Company, which manufacturers the product, issued a voluntary recall of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 on Friday. 

An internal review found small amounts of benzene in some samples of the product, despite benzene not being an ingredient in any Banana Boat products.

The unexpected levels of the product came from the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the aerosol can, the company confirmed to the FDA. 

Health experts allege exposure to benzene, a colorless chemical with a sweet odor, could result in blood disorders, leukemia and other cancers.

Edgewell Personal Care Company, which manufacturers the product, issued a voluntary recall of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

Customers can identify impacted products by the lot numbers located on the bottom of the can. The recall includes lot numbers 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF

Customers can identify impacted products by the lot numbers located on the bottom of the can. The recall includes lot numbers 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF

Edgewell is recalling three lots of six-ounce Hair & Scalp sunscreen that were distributed nationwide.

Customers can identify impacted products by the lot numbers located on the bottom of the can. The recall includes lot numbers 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF.

The products have expiration dates of December 2022, February 2023 and April 2024. 

The company says no other products have been included in the scope of the recall and may continue to be safely used.  

Edgewell has not been notified of adverse effects from the recalled sunscreen. 

‘Daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences according to an independent health assessment using established exposure modeling guidelines,’ Edgewell said in a statement. 

Anyone who purchased the now-recalled product can seek a refund from Banana Boat.

An internal review found small amounts of benzene in some samples of the product, despite benzene not being an ingredient in any Banana Boat products. The unexpected levels of the product came from the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the aerosol can, Edgewell (pictured) confirmed to the FDA

An internal review found small amounts of benzene in some samples of the product, despite benzene not being an ingredient in any Banana Boat products. The unexpected levels of the product came from the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the aerosol can, Edgewell (pictured) confirmed to the FDA

Last summer, Johnson & Johnson recalled all lots of its Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some products tested

Last summer, Johnson & Johnson recalled all lots of its Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some products tested

Last summer, Johnson & Johnson recalled all lots of its Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some products tested.

The company said the recall was taken ‘out of an abundance of caution’ as daily exposure to the trace amounts of benzene found in the products ‘would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences..’

Procter & Gamble Co. also issued a benzene-related recall in 2021 after traces of the product were found in its Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant sprays.

The manufacturer recalled 18 varieties of sprays altogether last November.

Similarly to the Banana Boat sunscreen, Procter & Gamble testing found the traces of benzene came from the propellant used to spray the product out of the can.



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