Coppertone recalls 5 sunscreen products due to presence of carcinogen

Benzene identified in sunscreen spray products

Products included in a 2021 Coppertone sunscreen recall. (FDA)

Coppertone is recalling five sunscreen spray products due to the presence of benzene, a human carcinogen that could cause increased risk of cancer.

Officials don’t believe the amount of benzene in these products is likely to cause serious health issues, but the sunscreen is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

The recalled sprays were manufactured between Jan. 10 and June 15 of this year. Here are 12 lots affected by the voluntary recall:

Here are the 12 lots of Coppertone spray products impacted by this recall.

Exposure to benzene can happen orally, through inhalation or through the skin. Depending on the level and extent of the exposure, benzene can increase the risk of leukemia, blood cancer of the bone marrow and other potentially life-threatening blood disorders.

Daily exposure to benzene at the levels detected in these Coppertone products would not be expected to cause health issues based on “generally accepted exposure modeling by numerous regulatory agencies,” according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The products are being recalled out of “an abundance of caution.”

Coppertone has not received any reports of adverse health effects because of this issue, officials said.

The sunscreen spray products were distributed nationally in the form of aerosol cans. Consumers should stop using them immediately.

Residents can call 1-888-921-1537 between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time with questions.

Click here to request a product refund.

Consumers should talk to a doctor if they have experienced any problems that might be related to these products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems with this product can be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online.


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