Lab Reports Claim That 78 Sunscreens Should Be Recalled Over Cancer-Causing Ingredient
Valisure, an independent laboratory, has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall 78 sunscreens from the market following the discovery of benzene – a proven human carcinogen.
The Claims From Valisure
In a May 24, 2021 letter to the FDA, Valisure claimed that various sunscreens it tested contained far more benzene than health agencies consider safe – up to 400 times more.
The 78 sunscreens evaluation included sprays, lotions, and after-sun gels from well-known brands such as Neutrogena, Banana Boat, Babyganics, Aveeno, CVS Health, and others.
According to Valisure, it tested 300 renowned sunscreens and discovered that a startling 27% of them included benzene.
Benzene has been related to several types of cancer, including blood cancer and leukemia, as well as to a variety of other health problems.
At the moment, regulators advise against exposure to the substance. However, if exposure is necessary for medical treatment, regulators recommend that it be fewer than 2 parts per million (ppm). According to the lab, some of the sunscreen products it examined contained more than three times that quantity.
Exposure To Yet Another Cancer-Causing Agent
According to Valisure, sunscreen is advertised as a method of preventing skin cancer, particularly in children. Furthermore, many people often use the lotion daily, leaving it on the skin to be absorbed — exposing themselves to another cancer-causing agent, the lab cautions.
As per Valisure, the presence of the well-known human carcinogen in sunscreen products that are widely recommended for skin cancer prevention and habitually used by adults and children in large quantities makes this finding particularly concerning.
Numerous class action lawsuits have been brought against the makers of several popular sunscreens, including those sold at CVS, Fruit of the Earth, Blue Lizard, and Coppertone.
Valisure’s letter to the FDA requests guidelines on permissible daily exposure to benzene, as well as a recall of products containing the chemical.
Valisure’s CEO David Light said in a statement last week, “It is unfortunately apparent that benzene contamination is a broad and very concerning issue in the American consumer product supply chain and underscores the critical need for independent testing.”
“It is imperative for FDA to expeditiously address current regulatory gaps regarding benzene in both drug and cosmetic products, and we urge FDA and manufacturers to quickly investigate and remove contaminated products from the market.” According to reports, the FDA is evaluating the information.
Editor’s Note on Valisure 78 Sunscreens Recall Petition:
This article is published to inform you of the latest claim made by an independent laboratory, Valisure. The lab is requesting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall 78 sunscreens from the market following the discovery of benzene.
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