Three batches of Banana Boat spray sunscreen were voluntarily recalled last week. The batches were discovered by an internal investigation to contain small amounts of benzene, a cancer-causing agent, and have since been removed from the shelves.
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Three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 were recalled. The products are packaged in six-ounce aerosol cans with the same lot number on the bottom of the can: 0-79656-04041-8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rather, it is a chemical created by human activities and found in substances like second-hand smoke or industrial emissions or natural elements like wild fires.
Benzene is a highly flammable colorless substance that has a sweet odor. High exposure to benzene can result in headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, tremors, and confusion. Long-term exposure to benzene has been linked to anemia, irregular menstrual cycles, and cancer in blood-forming organs.
Edgewell Personal Care says the company has not received any adverse events related to the recall. Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 aerosol cans had expiration dates of Dec. 2022, Feb. 2023, and April 2024 and were distributed throughout the country.
Anyone who has questions about reimbursement or the recalled product can visit www.bananaboat.com or call Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Adverse reactions or quality problems encountered with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax, according to Edgewell Personal Care.
Check those sunscreen bottles out and make sure you aren't using a recalled item. It's not worth the risk.