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Banana Boat Spray Sunscreen Sold Countrywide Recall Due to Presence of Carcinogen Benzene

Edgewell Personal Care Company said in a press release Friday that three batches of Banana Hair and Scalp Sunscreens are being recalled after trace levels of the carcinogen benzene were detected.

“While benzene is not an ingredient in any Banana Boat products, reviews showed that the unexpected level of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can,” it said.

Edgewell said there were no injuries or deaths related to the products.

Specifically, the recalled products are the 6-ounce Banana Boat Hair and Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30, with lot codes 20016AF (expiration date December 2022), 20084BF (expiry date February 2023), and 21139AF (expiry date April 2024) .

Three batches of Banana Boat sunscreens were recalled on July 29, 2022.

Edgewell Personal Care Company


The products were sold at retailers and online, the company said. All retailers have been notified, and customers who purchase the recalled products can get a full refund from Banana Bot.

If you have the products listed above, you are encouraged to throw them out.

Visit the Banana Boat website or contact Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT for more information.

Benzene is a human carcinogen, which means exposure to it can cause cancers including leukemia and blood cancers of the bone marrow, as well as blood disorders.

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