Urgent recall alert is issued for some of Australia’s most popular sunscreens – including Cancer Council and Nivea products- over ‘cancer’ chemical
- The TGA on Friday issued a recall for nine popular Australian sunscreens
- A human carcinogen ‘Benzene’ was recently detected across six products
- Customers who have any of the affected products are advised to return them
A number of popular sunscreens have been recalled after low levels of a potentially cancer-causing chemical were detected.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Friday issued the recall notice for nine batches of sunscreens across six products.
The products include popular Cancer Council SPF50 sunscreens as well as NIVEA, Baby Bum and Coconut Beach brands.
The alert came because benzene – a human carcinogen that can cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure – was detected.
‘Benzene is not an ingredient in sunscreens but can be a contaminant in raw materials used in the manufacturing process,’ the TGA said in a statement.
Customers who have any of the affected products are advised to return it to the place of purchase or contact the supplier.