banana boat recalls one of its sunscreen sprays due to benzene contamination. On July 29, Banana Boat’s parent company, Edgewell Personal Care Company, released a statement explaining why it issued a voluntary recall.
Before you get ready to shred down every Banana Boat sunscreen spray you own, the company discovered that just three batches of Banana Boat SPF 30 hair and scalp sunscreen spray contained trace amounts of the carcinogen. “While benzene is not an ingredient in Banana Boat products, an internal review found that some samples of the product contained trace amounts of benzene,” an Edgewell Personal Care spokesman said in a statement Curls. “We are conducting this voluntary recall as a precautionary measure.”
For those unfamiliar, benzene is a cancer-causing chemical that occurs naturally in volcanoes and wildfires, as well as in crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke, according to the CDC website. Although not used to formulate sunscreen, trace amounts of benzene have also been found in other brands of sunscreen. In the summer of 2021, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall on some Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens after Valisure, an independent research laboratory, found the carcinogen in 78 of the more than 300 sunscreen and after-sun products they tested.
Edgewell Personal Care Company has provided the lot codes and expiration dates for the affected sprays so consumers can check their bottles – you can find the lot codes on the bottom of the can. If your can’s lot code and expiration date is 20016AF and December 2022, 20084BF and February 2023, or 21139AF and April 2024, you should discard it immediately. Also, all sunscreen sprays from these batches will be removed from retail shelves.
Consumers with a contaminated sunscreen spray can get a refund, so you can go to bananaboat.com to find out how. If consumers have additional questions, they may contact Edgewell Personal Care Company at (888) 686-3988 anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Read more stories about sun protection: