Banana Boat sunscreen recalled due to carcinogenic chemical

Banana Boat’s hair and scalp sunscreen is being recalled after tests detected traces of the cancer-causing benzene, Edgewell Personal Care Company announced Friday.

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

Benzene is classified as a carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin, and can lead to cancers, including leukemia and bone marrow blood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders.

The FDA has assured that the levels found in the faulty sunscreen “should not have any adverse health consequences”.

Edgewell Personal Care Company is voluntarily recalling three lots of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen SPF 30 after testing for traces of the chemical benzene. The recalled products all carry UPC 0-79656-04041-8, but three different lot codes: 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF.

The affected sunscreen will expire in December 2022, February 2023 or April 2024.

Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Recall
The FDA has assured that the levels found in the faulty sunscreen “should not have any adverse health consequences”.
Edgewell/FDA Personal Care

According to the FDA statement, no other batches of hair and scalp before or after the stated expiration dates were affected, and no other Banana Boast sunscreens are subject to the recall.

The FDA advises purchasers of Banana Boat hair and scalp sunscreen to “immediately stop using the affected product and dispose of it appropriately.”

Consumers with questions regarding the recall may contact Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 or visit www.bananaboat.com for more information. Banana Boat also announced that it was offering a refund to consumers who purchased a product marked with one of several codes, which can be found at the bottom of cans.

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