The Edgewell Personal Care Company announced that it has issued a voluntary recall of three batches of one brand of its popular Banana Boat sunscreen. “We know you love our products, and we are making this recall out of great caution,” a statement posted on the company’s website read.
Here’s what you need to know.
What Banana Boat Sunscreen Products Are Pulled Off?
According to a voluntary recall notice published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a recall was issued for three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen SPF 30 Spray after a trace amount of benzene was found in the product following an internal review. This product was packaged in aerosol cans; None of the company’s sunscreens were affected.
It is important to note that gasoline was not an ingredient in the sunscreen; Instead, the trace amounts were due to the impulse dispensing the product in the packaging, the press release explains.
The recalled products were distributed across the United States through retailers and online stores. According to the company’s statement, “Edgewell has notified its retailers to remove any remaining product recalled from shelves.”
Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 kit codes include 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF. These codes can be found at the bottom of the aerosol canister and have an expiration date between December 2022 and April 2024.
“Importantly, no further Hair & Scalp Lotions (either before or after these batch codes) and no other Banana Boat products are within the scope of this recall and may continue to be used by consumers safely and as intended.”
Why is gasoline harmful?
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Benzene causes adverse effects on the bone marrow and can cause red blood cells to decrease, resulting in anemia.” The CDC also warns that long-term exposure can “cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance of infection.”
So far, the FDA and Edgewell have not received any notifications of adverse reactions related to the trace amount of benzene found in the three batches of sunscreen. Therefore, they do not expect that there will be any progress.
The recall notice states: “Daily exposure to benzene in recalled products is not expected to cause adverse health consequences according to an independent health assessment using specific exposure modeling guidelines.”
The recall states that you should contact your healthcare team if you have “any questions, concerns, or problems related to the use of aerosol sunscreen products.”
What do you do if you have the recalled product?
Banana Boat asks anyone who has Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 in the set codes listed to stop using the product immediately. Additionally, the statement states, “Product is ignored,” adding that Banana Boat will offer reimbursement.
For more details on refunds and how to get a refund, Banana Boat asks people to visit their redemption site for more information.