Product recall issued for several sunscreens over low traces of benzene
Posted On April 29, 2022
Several types of sunscreen have been recalled after it was found they contained low traces of benzene, a known carcinogen.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration said benzene is not an ingredient in sunscreen, but can contaminate other materials in the manufacturing process.
“Benzene is a chemical that can cause cancer in humans, depending on the level and length of exposure,” the TGA said.
“It has been detected in one batch of a raw material used in the manufacture of a number of products and the TGA is working with affected companies to confirm if benzene is present in their medicines and if it is, how much is there.”
While the quantity of benzene found in the sunscreens is considered too low to have serious health effects, several products have been recalled as a precaution.
Those who have purchased the Cancer Council’s Sensitive Sunscreen SPF50+ 110mL in a tube, as well as Cancer Council’s Sensitive Sunscreen SPF50+ 200mL in a pump bottle, are urged to discard the products and seek a refund.
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Two Nivea sunscreens have also been recalled, the Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture SPF30 Lotion in 200ml and the Sun Protect & Moisture SPF50+ roll on.
Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Lotion Spray Coconut Beach in 200ml has also been recalled as has the Baby Bum Mineral lotion, SPF 50+ 88mL.
“Although exposure at the levels detected would not be expected to cause serious adverse health effects, and risks to users are considered low, the sunscreens are being recalled to ensure consumer safety,” the TGA said.