On Friday, three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 were recalled due to trace levels of benzene being found in samples of the sunscreen spray.
Benzene is a colorless or light-yellow liquid chemical at room temperature that quickly evaporates into the air, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The chemical is found to cause cancer in humans.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, "exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin, and it potentially can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening."
The three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 that may have benzene are listed under three lot codes, which can be found on the bottom of the aerosol cans:
In this voluntary recall, Banana Boat parent company Edgewell Personal Care Company states that while benzene is not an ingredient used in Banana Boat products, an internal review found benzene in the propellant that sprays the sunscreen spray out of the can.
Edgewell Personal Care advised consumers to immediately stop using the product and to appropriately discard it. The company has also asked retailers to remove the recalled product from their shelves.
Adverse reactions maybe reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.
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