Edgewell personal care
The maker of Banana Boat voluntarily recalled several batches of a hair and scalp sunscreen spray after an internal review found trace amounts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.
Connecticut-based Edgewell Personal Care Company said some samples of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 contained the chemical.
The company said that benzene is not an ingredient in the sunscreen spray, but that unexpected levels of the chemical were found in the propellant that sprays the product from the can.
“Importantly, no other lots of hair and scalp (either before or after the affected production lots) and no other Banana Boat products are within the scope of this recall and can continue to be used by consumers safely and as intended,” an Edgewell spokesperson said. said in a statement to NPR.
“We are conducting this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution,” the spokesperson added.
The sunscreen sprays were packaged in aerosol cans and distributed across the United States, both in person and online.
The recalled products had expiration dates of December 2022, February 2023 and April 2024. The affected products can also be identified by a batch code number found on the bottom of the box. These numbers are available on the Food and Drug Administration’s website here.
Long-term exposure to benzene can affect the blood and bone marrow, leading to cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company said benzene exposure can occur by inhalation, oral or through the skin.
Edgewell advised customers to stop using these products immediately and dispose of them properly. The company also said Banana Boat is offering to refund anyone who purchased these products.