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 put it in the bin.
Which products are being recalled?
- 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 and unsold products in the affected batches have been removed from sale.
Why are they being recalled?
Turns out that 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.
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 you should do?
If you have one of these sunscreen products in your cupboard, stop using it and dispose of it. You can visit the Banana Boat website and fill out a form and apply for a refund.
The company have reassured customers that its other sun care products, including aerosols, are still safe to use. The aerosol sunscreens have been sold at Woolworths and Coles, and pharmacies across Australia.