Following an internal examination, it was discovered that some samples contained tiny amounts of the carcinogen benzene. As a result, Edgewell Personal Care Co. EPC -1.85 percent. voluntarily recalled one of its Banana Boat sunscreen spray products. After tests revealed that the product contains trace quantities of the cancer-causing chemical, Edgewell recalled several batches of their Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30, the producer stated in a statement to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.
Although Banana Boat claimed that benzene is not a component in any of its products, an internal investigation revealed that surprising levels of the chemical were produced by the propellant used to spray the sunscreen from the can. According to the corporation, exposure to benzene may cause blood problems, leukaemia, and other malignancies. Edgewell claimed that, as of yet, it hasn’t been informed of any unfavorable incidents connected to the recall.
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According to an independent health evaluation using accepted exposure modelling criteria, daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products is not anticipated to have a negative impact on health, the business stated. The impacted goods’ expiration dates, according to the Shelton, Connecticut-based firm, are December 2022, February 2023, and April 2024. The lot numbers on the bottom of the cans of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 allow consumers to spot potentially contaminated goods. According to the business, lot numbers 20016AF, 20084BF, and 21139AF shouldn’t be used.
Customers who purchased the recalled aerosol sunscreen spray items from Banana Boat will receive a refund. Through numerous merchants and online, the goods were sold all throughout the United States. Edgewell claimed to have informed its retailers to take any recalled goods still on the shelves off of the shelf. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, benzene is a colourless molecule with a sweet smell that can come from both natural causes like volcanoes and forest fires as well as man-made sources.
According to the CDC, it is one of the top 20 most produced chemicals in the US and is widely utilised. Following the discovery of benzene in some samples, Johnson & Johnson withdrew the majority of their Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens from U.S. retailers in July 2021. Later that year, benzene was found in some of the Procter & Gamble Co.’s Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant sprays, prompting a recall.