Class Action Says Human Carcinogen Was Found in Banana Boat Sunscreens
According to a nationwide class action lawsuit, a proven human carcinogen, Benzene, was found in Banana Boat sunscreens. However, the manufacturer does not warn consumers and will not recall the product either.
A class action lawsuit was filed against the manufacturers of Banana Boat sunscreens by Plaintiff Maria Zapatero in a Florida court on Thursday, alleging violations of the state’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and unjust enrichment.
Maria Zapatero et al., v. Energizer Holdings, Inc., et al.
The class action lawsuit names the following defendants:
- Edgewell Personal Care Company
- Edgewell Personal Care Brands, LLC
- Edgewell Personal Care, LLC
- Playtex Products, Inc.
- Energizer Holdings, Inc.
- Sun Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Plaintiff claims that the defendants distribute, advertise, and market various over-the-counter sunscreen products under the brand name Banana Boat, and Benzene was verified to be in several of the sunscreen products.
As per the class action, the manufacturers of Banana Boat sunscreen did not declare the inclusion of Benzene in its products label, which violates state and federal law.
Benzene in Banana Boat Sprays and Lotions
The claim alleges that, in 2020, analytical pharmacy Valisure conducted tests on a variety of Banana Boat sprays and lotions and verified that certain products contain Benzene in concentrations ranging:
- 0.1 ppm (parts per million) or less
- 0.1 ppm – 2 ppm
- 2 ppm or more
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health advises workers exposed to Benzene at quantities of 0.1 ppm to wear protective equipment based on the current class action lawsuit.
In addition, Benzene is primarily utilized as a solvent in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and petroleum is the primary source of Benzene in the United States.
Valisure’s Citizen Petition
Valisure submitted a citizen petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 24, 2021, requesting that the agency recall all batches of Banana Boat sunscreen products containing Benzene at a concentration of 0.1 ppm or above. However, Valisure has received no response from the FDA, and Banana Boat products are still being marketed.
Zapatero wishes to represent consumers in the United States who bought any Banana Boat sunscreen lotion or spray between June 17, 2017, and the present.
Further, the plaintiff seeks class certification, an injunction that prohibits the defendants from selling the products and compelling it to conduct a proper marketing campaign, damages, profit disgorgement, attorney fees and costs, and a jury trial.
This is not the first time Valisure has sought to be sanctioned for sunscreens containing Benzene. It petitioned the FDA to recall 78 sunscreens after tests confirmed they contained Benzene. Popular brands such as Aveeno, Babyganics, and CVS Health were among the sunscreens examined.
Editor’s Note on Banana Boat Benzene Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of Banana Boat sunscreens, stating that a proven human carcinogen, Benzene, was found in them.
Case Name & No.: Maria Zapatero et al., v. Energizer Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:21-cv-22232-XXXX
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court – Southern District of Florida Miami Division
Products/Services: Banana Boat sunscreens
Allegations: Human carcinogen, Benzene, was allegedly discovered in Banana Boat sunscreens.
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