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Banana Boat Sunscreen Recalled, Traces Of Cancer-causing Chemicals Found

The Food and Drug Administration recalls a particular Banana Boat sunscreen because it contains a chemical that might cause cancer.


Edgewell Personal Care Company, the parent company of Banana Boat, has voluntarily recalled three lots of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 after an internal examination revealed some samples contained trace amounts of benzene. The analysis revealed that "unexpected quantities of benzene came from the propellant that shoots the product out of the can," the company claimed. However, benzene is not an ingredient in any Banana Boat products.


They are as follows:

· SPF 30 hair and scalp spray by Banana Boat, six oz., lot code 20016AF, expiration date December 2022.

· Expiration Date: February 2023; Lot Code: 2008AF; 6 oz. Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30.

· Expiration Date: April 2024; Lot Code: 21139AF; 6 oz. Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30.


The business also stated that no other Banana Boat products or batches of Hair & Scalp (either before or after these batch codes) are included in the recall.

According to the FDA, exposure to benzene through inhalation, oral consumption, or skin contact can cause cancers such as leukemia, blood cancers of the bone marrow, and potentially fatal blood diseases. The FDA also stated that Edgewell has not yet experienced any adverse incidents due to this recall.


Call Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, if you have any concerns about this recall. Visit www.bananaboat.com for further details and instructions on how to get reimbursed for products that qualify. If patients have any queries, worries, or issues about using these aerosol sunscreen products, they should speak with their doctor or healthcare professionals. 


Edited by: Ayona Mitra 

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