Three aerosol sunscreen sprays by Banana Boat have been recalled in Australia and New Zealand due to concerns over the presence of benzene.
Batches of Banana Boat Simply Protect Kids Very High Protection Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+; Banana Boat Dry Balance Very High Protection Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+; and Banana Boat Ultra Very High Protection Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+ with an expiry date of 31 January 2024 or earlier have been pulled from shelves.
Banana Boat stated that after consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and “out of an abundance of caution”, Edgewell Personal Care, which owns the brand, is recalling the products.
Testing identified unexpected levels of benzene in some batches of these aerosol sunscreens. The company stated exposure to benzene in these products at the levels detected “would not be expected to cause adverse health effects”.
In recent months, major brands including Pantene, Herbal Essences, Aussie, Old Spice, and Neutrogena have recalled products due to the presence of benzene. Read more about the benzene contamination issue in our article with online US pharmacy, Valisure.