Banana Boat recalls sunscreen spray for cancer risk

Banana Boat spray sunscreen recall
Photo credit Banana Boat/Edgewell Personal Care Company

A recall has been issued for a certain variety of Banana Boat sunscreen that may contain elevated levels of benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer.

The recall involves three batches of Banana Boat's Hair and Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30.

KNX News banner
Photo credit KNX News 97.1 FM

An internal review found that some samples of the product contained trace levels of benzene, according to the manufacturer, Edgewell Personal Care Company.

"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," the company said in a statement.

The recalled sunscreen spray products are packaged in 6-ounce aerosol cans with lot codes 20016AF (expiration date December 2022), 20084BF (expiration date February 2023), and 21139AF (expiration date April 2024).

The products were distributed nationwide through various retailers and online. Retailers have been alerted to remove products from shelves.

No injuries or deaths associated with the products have been reported.

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

"Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources," the FDA said in a statement. "Daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences according to an independent health assessment using established exposure modeling guidelines."

Consumers should stop using the affected product immediately and throw it away. Banana Boat will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased a product with a lot code included in the recall.

Consumers should contact a health care provider if they have experienced any problems related to using the recalled products.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Banana Boat/Edgewell Personal Care Company