October 22, 2012 — At least five people have been burned after using Banana Boat Spray Sunscreen near an open flame. Energizer Holdings, the company that owns Banana Boat, has announced a voluntary recall of several products to address safety concerns. The company is recalling Banana Boat UltraMist Sport, Ultra Defense, and UltraMist Kids in various SPFs with Continuous Spray.
Click here for a list of 23 recalled Banana Boat products.
Specifically, the size of the spray valve opening “dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays.” The product could take longer to dry on a person’s skin. Because it contains alcohol, which is flammable, there is a possibility that the liquid could ignite near a flame or spark and cause severe burns.
In the U.S., four adverse event reports have been associated with the use of Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 and 50 products. In Canada, one event has been reported. One incident involved a man at a barbecue. Another incident involved a woman who was welding.
The company announced that they will be notifying retailers of the recall. Because the company believes they have identified the source of the problem, they will offer new types of Continuous Spray sunscreens in the future. Customers are advised not to use the recalled products. Furthermore, they should avoid sources of flame when using any type of aerosol-spray product that contains a flammable liquid.
Spray sunscreens already carry warnings against smoking while applying the sunscreen or getting near an open flame. Many people do not read these warnings before using sunscreen, however, and may not think about the risk.
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