On July 29, 2022, Edgewell Personal Care Company issued a recall of three batches of its Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 after it was determined that the batches contain benzene, a known carcinogen. According to Edgewell, benzene was found in the propellant that sprays the sunscreen out of the can.
Benzene is a widely used chemical compound, but it’s mostly found in fuels, solvents, and other industrial products. People who are exposed to it frequently or over the course of just a few years have an increased risk of developing several types of cancers and serious diseases, including:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Aplastic Anemia (AA)
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
Normally, people are only at risk of developing benzene-related illnesses and diseases when they work in industrial settings, such as:
- Chemical factories
- Gasoline-related jobs
- Steel mills
- Printing presses
- And more
Unfortunately, companies like Edgewell put millions of Americans at risk of developing potentially deadly diseases when their consumer products contain benzene. In addition to being considered a known carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it’s also classified as a hazardous material, a hazardous air pollutant, and a toxic pollutant.
At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, we believe it’s unacceptable when a company subjects its customers to such a high degree of danger due to poor manufacturing processes. If you or someone you love was harmed by any product containing benzene or a job that exposed you to benzene, we want to help.