According to a news report posted on Prevention.com, Coppertone recalled specific lots of its aerosol SPF sunscreen due to benzene contamination. Benzene is known as a cancer-causing compound. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration urges purchasers of the affected aerosol sunscreen products to stop using the products immediately.
The five Coppertone sunscreen products that are being recalled “out of an abundance of caution:”
- Pure & Simple SPF 50,
- Pure & Simple Baby SPF 50,
- Pure & Simple Kids SPF 50,
- Sport Mineral SPF 50, and
- Sport Spray SPF 50 (travel-size)
The recalled lots of aerosol Coppertone SPF sunscreen apply to 12 specific lots manufactured between January 10, 2021, and June 15, 2021. The FDA notices state that if a Coppertone sunscreen bottle does not bear one of the recalled lot numbers, it is not a recalled product.
Consumers who have purchased a recalled sunscreen are urged to dispose of the recalled sunscreen products.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), benzene is a light yellow liquid used in plastic production. The organic compound is a known carcinogen, which means the compound is linked to cancer development, especially blood cancer. The FDA is unsure how dangerous the benzene sunscreen contamination problem is to human health. However, long-term exposure is dangerous, the CDC says. Moreover, benzene is not supposed to be an ingredient in sunscreen. It is believed that the benzene contamination is due to “a byproduct of the aerosol manufacturing process.”
Coppertone did not declare how the benzene was found in each batch, but the sunscreen company did state that “daily exposure at these levels would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.” So far, there have been no negative health consequences or illnesses related to the recalled sunscreens.
Valisure, an independent lab, conducted a test of several brands of sunscreens in May. The lab released an eye-opening report that said researchers had found benzene in about 25% of the after-sun and SPF products they tested. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreen products, initiated a recall of five of its products due on that report.
Coppertone performed well in the sunscreen testing conducted by Valisure. However, the brand notified retailers to pull the affected Coppertone products from their shelves. If you have one of the recalled sunscreen products, the FDA advises throwing the products in the trash. For those consumers who wish to receive a full refund, or read additional information about the recall, visit the Coppertone’s recall website – sunscreenrecall2021.com.
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