NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – According to an announcement published by Valisure, an online pharmacy and laboratory, found high levels of benzene, linked to leukemia and other blood cancer-related, in several popular sunscreen brands. According to the lab test results, the cancer-causing substance was found in 78 sunscreen and after-sun care products. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified benzene as a known carcinogen to humans.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that benzene exposure can come from skin absorption, insulation, skin contact, ingestion, or eye contact.
Valisure’s testing of numerous sunscreens and after-sun care products discovered that approximately 20% of the samples tested contained detectable levels of benzene, and other batches contained up to three times the restricted FDA concentration limit of benzene.
Valisure petitioned the FDA to recall decontaminated batches and define limits of benzene contamination and cosmetic and drug products. The lab noted that not all sunscreen products tested contained benzene.
Benzene has been linked to blood cancers, including leukemia, making the issue of exposure through the skin particularly alarming.
Valisure stated that its tests found benzene in 78 of the 300 of the sprays and lotions the lab tested. Valisure tested products sold by CVS and Banana Boat. The lab petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recall the benzene contaminated batches. FDA regulators are reviewing the lab’s results.
The following is a link to Valisure’s sunscreen benzene test results.
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