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Banana Boat recalls ‘hair and scalp’ sunscreen after it was discovered to contain cancer-causing benzine

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Banana Boat has recalled three batches of its‘ hair and scalp spray SPF 30’ sunscreen distributed throughout the United States after it was found to contain the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin. It can potentially result in cancers, including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders that can be life-threatening.

In a company announcement on July 29 2022, Edgewell Personal Care issued a nationwide voluntary recall of the sunscreen product.

In its statement submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE:EPC) said:

“Today [Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE:EPC)] issued a voluntary nationwide recall of three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 to the consumer level as outlined in the table below. An internal review found that some samples of the product contained trace levels of benzene. While benzene is not an ingredient in any Banana Boat products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.”

Details relating to the batches subject to the recall are listed below:

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The company stated that no other batch codes or Banana Boat products have been affected and that it had not received any reports of adverse reactions related to the recalled products.

Banana boat will offer reimbursement to consumers who have purchased any of the affected products.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall may contact Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Consumers may also visit www.bananaboat.com

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download the form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
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