Banana Boat recalls sunscreen spray after it was found to contain the cancer-causing chemical BENZINE

Banana Boat recalls sunscreen spray after it was found to contain the cancer-causing chemical BENZINE

Banana Boat recalls sunscreen spray after it was found to contain the cancer-causing chemical BENZINE, which can cause leukemia

  • Banana Boat has issued a recall for its Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30
  • Product testing revealed traces of the carcinogenic chemical benzene
  • The chemical came from the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the can
  • Benzene exposure can lead to blood disorders, leukemia, and other cancers

Banana Boat has recalled one of its sunscreen sprays after product testing found traces of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

Edgewell Personal Care Company, which makes the product, issued a voluntary recall of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 on Friday.

An internal review found small amounts of benzene in some samples of the product, although benzene is not found in any Banana Boat product.

The unexpected levels of the product came from the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the aerosol can, the company confirmed to the FDA.

Health experts claim that exposure to benzene, a colorless chemical with a sweet smell, could lead to blood disorders, leukemia and other cancers.

Edgewell Personal Care Company, which makes the product, has issued a voluntary recall of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

Customers can identify affected products by the lot numbers on the bottom of the can.  The recall includes lot numbers 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF

Customers can identify affected products by the lot numbers on the bottom of the can. The recall includes lot numbers 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF

Edgewell is recalling three lots of 6-ounce hair and scalp sunscreen that were distributed nationwide.

Customers can identify affected products by the lot numbers on the bottom of the can. The recall includes lot numbers 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF.

The products have expiration dates of December 2022, February 2023 and April 2024.

The company says no other products have been included within the scope of the recall and can continue to be used safely.

Edgewell was not informed of any adverse effects of the recalled sunscreen.

“Daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products would not be expected to result in adverse health outcomes, based on an independent health assessment using established exposure modeling guidelines,” Edgewell said in a statement.

Anyone who purchased the now recalled product can request a refund from Banana Boat.

An internal review found small amounts of benzene in some samples of the product, although benzene is not found in any Banana Boat product.  The unexpected levels of product came from the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the aerosol can, Edgewell (pictured) confirmed to the FDA

An internal review found small amounts of benzene in some samples of the product, although benzene is not found in any Banana Boat product. The unexpected levels of product came from the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the aerosol can, Edgewell (pictured) confirmed to the FDA

Last summer, Johnson & Johnson recalled all lots of its Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some tested products

Last summer, Johnson & Johnson recalled all lots of its Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some tested products

Last summer, Johnson & Johnson recalled all lots of its Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some tested products.

The company said the recall was “out of caution” because daily exposure to the trace amounts of benzene found in the products “is not expected to cause any adverse health consequences.”

Procter & Gamble Co. also issued a benzene-related recall in 2021 after traces of the product were found in its Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant sprays.

The manufacturer recalled a total of 18 types of spray last November.

Similar to Banana Boat sunscreen, Procter & Gamble tests found that the traces of benzene came from the propellant used to spray the product out of the can.