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Edgewell Personal Care Issues National Voluntary Recall of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Due to Presence of Benzene


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Due to the presence of benzene

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Edgewell Personal Care Company
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Hair and scalp sunscreen spray

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SHELTON, Connecticut, July 29, 2022 – Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE:EPC) today issued a nationwide voluntary recall of three lots of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sun Spray SPF 30 at the consumer level, as listed in the table below. An internal review revealed that some samples of the product contained traces of benzene. Although benzene is not an ingredient in Banana Boat products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.

It is important to note that no other lots of Hair & Scalp (before or after these lot codes) and no other Banana Boat products are affected by this recall and can continue to be used by consumers safely and as intended.



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0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 20016AF December 2022 6 ounces
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 20084BF February 2023 6 ounces
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 21139AF April 2024 6 ounces

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and can lead to cancers, including leukemia and bone marrow blood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. To date, Edgewell has not received any adverse events related to this recall. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world are daily exposed to it internally and externally from multiple sources. Daily exposure to the benzene contained in the recalled products is not expected to result in adverse health consequences based on an independent health assessment using established exposure modeling guidelines.

The voluntarily recalled sunscreen sprays are packaged in aerosol cans. The products were distributed nationwide in the United States through various retailers and online. Edgewell has advised its retailers to remove any remaining recalled products from shelves. Banana Boat will also offer a refund to consumers who have purchased a product with one of the lot codes in the table above. Lot codes are located at the bottom of the box. Consumers should immediately stop using the affected product and dispose of it properly.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall may contact Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Consumers can also visit for more information and to find out how to receive reimbursement for eligible products. Consumers should contact their physician or health care provider if they have any questions, concerns, or have experienced any problems while using these aerosol sunscreens.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch adverse event reporting program either online, by regular mail, or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download the form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return it to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit it by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the United States Food and Drug Administration.

About Edgewell

Edgewell is a leading pure consumer products company with an attractive and diverse portfolio of established brands, including Schick® and Wilkinson Sword® men’s shaving products; Schick® and Billie® women’s shaving products; Edge® and Skintimate® shaving products; Playtex®, Stayfree®, Carefree® and ob® feminine care products; Banana Boat® and Hawaiian Tropic® sunscreen products; Bulldog®, Jack Black® and Cremo® grooming products; Fieldtrip™ skin care products; and Wet Ones® hygiene products. The company has a broad global presence and operates in more than 50 markets, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and Australia, with approximately 6,500 employees in the world.

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