Banana Boat sunscreen recalled due to cancer-causing chemical

Banana Boat is recalling three batches of its “hair and scalp” sunscreen after tests showed the product contained trace amounts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, the manufacturer said in an announcement filed with the Federal Drug Administration.

Exposure to benzene through skin contact, inhalation and by mouth has been linked to cancers such as leukemia, Fox Business reported.

The Shelton, Connecticut-based company claimed in Friday’s release that it “has not received any adverse events related to this recall” and that “daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products is not expected to cause adverse health effects.” to have”.

The recalled products have expiration dates of December 2022, February 2023 and April 2024, the company said. Banana Boat said it will also offer refunds to consumers who purchased the recalled products.

Banana Boat Hair and Scalp Sunscreen Recall
The FDA assured that the levels found in the defective sunscreen are “not expected to have any adverse health effects.”
Edgewell Personal Care/FDA

According to the FDA release, no other batches made before or after the stated expiration date are affected, and no other Banana Boat sunscreen is subject to the recall.

The FDA recommends that purchasers of Banana Boat’s Hair and Scalp sunscreen “stop using the affected product immediately and dispose of it properly.”

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 or visit for more information. Banana Boat has also announced that they are offering a refund for consumers who have purchased a product marked with one of the lottery codes, which is located on the bottom of the cans.

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