Banana Boat’s Hair and Scalp Spray SPF 30 sunscreen recall


Banana Boat’s Hair and Scalp Spray SPF 30 sunscreen are being recalled by Edgewell Personal Care Companyafter tests detected trace levels of the human carcinogen benzene. Unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin, and it may result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening. The chemical is commonly found in gasoline and cigarette smoke, according to the National Cancer Institute. The recalled products all have the UPC 0-79656-04041-8, but three different lot codes: 20016AF, 20084BF, and 21139AF. All spray cans recalled are 6 ounces. No other batches of Hair & Scalp (either before or after these batch codes) and no other Banana Boat products are in the scope of this recall.


The FDA recommends that buyers of Banana Boat’s Hair and Scalp sunscreen should “stop using the affected product immediately and appropriately discard.” Banana Boat is a popular brand. the products affected are in six-ounce spray cans and were distributed nationwide through retailers and online shopping. Edgewell said it hasn’t received any events related to benzene exposure. Daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences according to an independent health assessment.