Banana Boat sunscreen recalled due to traces of carcinogenic chemical benzene


Before heading to the beach or pool this summer, check the label on your sunscreen bottle.

Edgewell Personal Care Company issued a voluntary recall on Friday for three lots of Banana Boat sunscreen after traces of benzene were found in the product during an internal review, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The recalled product, Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30, is packaged in 6 ounce spray cans, which have been distributed nationwide at various outlets in the United States and sold online.

Edgewell Personal Care Company has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of three lots of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sun Spray SPF 30.

Edgewell Personal Care

The affected sunscreen lots can be identified by the following information, located at the bottom of each box:

  • Batch code: 20016AF; Expiry date: December 2022
  • Batch code: 20084BF; Expiry date: February 2023
  • Batch code: 21139AF; Expiry date: April 2024

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, which upon exposure could potentially lead to cancer, according to the FDA.

“Although benzene is not an ingredient in any of the Banana Boat products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can,” the company’s announcement said.

Consumers in possession of the recalled sunscreen should stop using the product and dispose of it immediately.

Edgewell Personal Care Company has advised retailers to remove the remaining spray cans from their shelves. Banana Boat is offering a refund to consumers who purchased the recalled item.

Any adverse reactions that may occur while using sunscreen can be reported to the FDA online or by regular mail.

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