Three aerosol products from the popular sunscreen brand Banana Boat are being recalled by the manufacturer due to possible health risks. If you have one of these sunscreens, you should stop using it and dispose of the product.
Which products are being recalled?
The three products being recalled are:
- Banana Boat Ultra Very High Protection Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+, AUST L 206508
- Banana Boat Simply Protect Kids Very High Protection Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+, AUST L 311003
- Banana Boat Dry Balance Very High Protection Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+, AUST L 342636.
All batches with an expiry date of 31 January 2024 or earlier should not be used. All unsold products in the affected batches will be removed from sale.
Why are they being recalled?
These aerosol sunscreens are being recalled because benzene, a potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemical that is not a standard sunscreen ingredient, has been detected in four batches of the products supplied in Australia.
The amount of benzene detected is slightly higher than the levels allowed in products of this type regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Exposure to benzene in these sunscreen products at the levels detected isn't expected to cause serious adverse health effects. But the manufacturer has decided to recall all affected products as a precaution.
What should I do?
If you have one of these sunscreen products in your cupboard, you should stop using it and dispose of it. You can visit the Banana Boat website to fill out a form and apply for a refund.
I've been using this product. Am I at risk?
The levels of benzene detected aren't expected to cause serious adverse health effects. If you have any concerns or questions, speak to your health professional or contact the Edgewell Personal Care Consumer Service team on 1800 761 186 (free).