Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen recalled over benzene presence

Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen (Credit: FDA)

Edgewell Personal Care Company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall over three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 over the presence of benzene. 

Company leaders said they found the chemical in an internal review of some samples. 

"While benzene is not an ingredient in any Banana Boat products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can," the company leaders said in a statement released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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The list of affected products can be found here

The company added no other batches of the product were involved in the recall. 

Benzene is a highly flammable, widely used chemical that’s present throughout the environment. It can cause cancer with repeated exposure at high enough levels. It also can damage the immune system and prevent cells from functioning properly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The chemical’s effects vary by whether a person accidentally inhales or ingests it or gets it on skin and clothing. Symptoms range from dizziness and irregular heartbeat to convulsions and, at very high levels, death.

Edgewell said to date, that it has "not received any adverse events related to this recall."

The company said the recall affects products that are packaged in the aerosol cans that were distributed across the country. Company leaders said they have notified retailers to remove the recalled products, letting customers know they will receive reimbursement if they purchased the products. 

This story was reported from Los Angeles. The Associated Press contributed.