Banana Boat Sunscreen Recalled For Chemical Cancer Risk

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After an internal review, traces of a known carcinogen were found in Banana Boat sunscreen products packaged in aerosol cans.

A popular sunscreen brand has voluntarily recalled several of its products. The nationwide recall in the US comes after unexpected trace levels of benzene, a known carcinogen, were found for three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 following an internal review.

This product was packaged in aerosol cans - none of the company’s sunscreen lotions were affected.

Edgewell Personal Care Company announced it had issued a voluntary recall of three batches of one type of its popular Banana Boat sunscreen. “We know that you love our products, and we are conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution,” a statement posted to the company’s website said.

Benzene was not an ingredient in the sunscreen. Trace amounts were due to the propellant that distributes product in the packaging, the firm said.

The recalled products were distributed across the US through retailers and online stores. “Edgewell has notified its retailers to remove any remaining recalled product from shelves,” according to the organisation's statement.

Lot codes of the affected Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 include 20016AF, 20084BF, and 21139AF. These codes can be found on the bottom of the aerosol can and have an expiration date between December 2022 and April 2024.

“Importantly, no other batches of Hair & Scalp (either before or after these batch codes) and no other Banana Boat products are in the scope of this recall and may continue to be used by consumers safely and as intended,” the firm stated.

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