THE WHAT? Banana Boat sunscreen has recalled its sunscreen sprays due to contamination of the chemical Benzene.
THE DETAILS According to a statement by parent company Edgewell Personal care, it has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30.
Edgewell said, “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.”
The products were distributed nationwide in the United States through various retailers and online.
THE WHY? Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it potentially can result in cancers including leukaemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening.
Talking to Allure, a spokesperson said, “We are conducting the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution.”