Three batches of a Banana Boat sunscreen have been voluntarily recalled as a result of they comprise hint ranges of a carcinogen referred to as benzene, in response to an announcement from Edgewell Private Care, the makers of Banana Boat merchandise. The product known as Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 and is packaged in an aerosol can. Benzene is a chemical created via each human actions (similar to secondhand tobacco smoke and industrial emissions) and pure processes (similar to forest fires), per the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) and the Nationwide Most cancers Institute (NCI).
Benzene was detected within the product throughout inside testing, per Edgewell’s assertion. Benzene isn’t an ingredient within the sunscreen product, and it’s believed that the benzene detected throughout testing got here from the propellant that dispels the sunscreen from its container, per the assertion.
The recalled merchandise, which have been distributed nationwide, have been all packaged in six-ounce cans and embody the next information on the label:
- Common product code (UPC): 0-79656-04041-8; lot code: 20016AF; expiration: December 2022
- Common product code (UPC): 0-79656-04041-8; lot code: 20084BF; expiration: February 2023
- Common product code (UPC): 0-79656-04041-8; lot code: 21139AF; expiration: April 2024
When you’ve got one of many affected cans, you must cease utilizing it and discard the product instantly, per the assertion. Edgewell stated it had notified retailers to take away any recalled merchandise from cabinets, and Banana Boat is providing reimbursement to individuals who bought a recalled can. (You’ll be able to name 1-888-686-3988 or go to this web site to obtain a reimbursement.)
This isn’t the primary time a sunscreen product has been recalled over benzene considerations; final yr, a number of Johnson & Johnson merchandise, together with some Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens, have been recalled after testing revealed the presence of the chemical, SELF beforehand reported.
Folks might be uncovered to benzene through inhalation, orally, or via the pores and skin, and it could doubtlessly result in sure cancers and blood issues, per the NCI. Whereas publicity to the recalled merchandise isn’t regarded as dangerous, folks ought to contact a well being care supplier in the event that they expertise “any issues associated to utilizing these aerosol sunscreen merchandise,” Edgewell’s assertion stated.
When you do expertise an opposed response to the recalled product, you may report it to the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch Antagonistic Occasion Reporting Program on-line.