Traces of a chemical linked to blood cancer, including leukemia, have been found in dozens of popular sunscreens and after-sun products, according to tests conducted by the online pharmacy and Valisure Lab.
Benzene, a, was found in 78 of nearly 300 tested sprays and lotions – about 27% – including products sold by Banana Boat and CVS, according to Valisure.
In a petition, the company asked the FDA to withdraw these contaminated batches. The regulatory body shall examine the claim.
“The FDA takes seriously any safety concerns raised about the products we regulate, including sunscreen products,”
Sunscreens even after the sun, classified as cosmetics, are usually subject to regulation by the FDA.
The chemical is identified as “a colorless or light yellow liquid chemical at room temperature”. Valisure states that it was used “primarily as a solvent in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.”
Traces of benzene levels can be found in cigarette smoke, gasoline, adhesives, adhesives, cleaning products and paint removers.
Valisure also announced that 14 batches of sunscreen products with some of the highest pollution are sold in four different popular brands – Neutrogena, Sun Bum, CVS Health and Fruit of the Earth. Not all products of the above-mentioned brands were found to contain benzene, and the lists of products found to be benzene-containing and not included are included below on the Valisure petition form.
For example, Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+ and Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70 were among 14 products that Valisure claims have some of the highest benzene levels tested. But products such as Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 and Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 15 Sunscreen do not contain a carcinogen.
All tested samples “contain up to three times the FDA’s conditionally limited concentration of 2 parts per million” of benzene, according to the Valisure website.
David Light, founder and CEO of Valisure, believes the problem is the pollution of production, affecting specific batches. While the source of the contaminant is unknown and more of the products tested have passed than failed, Light urges manufacturers and consumers to take the issue seriously.
“Benzene is one of the most studied and relevant human carcinogens known to science. Its link to the formation of blood cancer in humans has been proven in numerous studies with trace levels of parts per million and below. The presence of this known human The carcinogen in the products is widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and which is regularly used by adults and children is very worrying, “the company said in a statement.
He also called on the FDA to better define its pollution standards and “eliminate current regulatory gaps for benzene in both medicines and cosmetics.”
Valisure encourages people to send their own samples of sunscreen and sun care products for evaluation.
The company has also published its petition to the FDA, which includes a list of batches of open benzene levels. The products can be found on pages 12 to 15.
Johnson & Johnson, maker of Neutrogena products, told CBS News that “benzene is not an ingredient in any of our personal care products.”
The manufacturer of Banana Boat also defends its products, stating that “our sunscreen products are subjected to rigorous testing to ensure safety and quality and comply with all FDA regulations.”
CVS said in a statement that the products they sell are “safe” and “we are in the process of reviewing and evaluating the information in and related to the Valisure petition and will respond accordingly.”
Sun Bum told CBS News in a statement “To further ensure the quality of our products, we will work with suppliers to understand how traces of quantities may be found. “
However, Valisure stressed to consumers that they should not avoid using sunscreen and should continue to do so.
“It is important for people, especially during the summer months, to understand that many sunscreen products tested by Valisure are not contaminated with benzene and these products are probably safe and should continue to be used, along with appropriate hats and sunscreen clothing, to mitigate the risk of skin cancer, “said Dr. Christopher Bunick, Ph.D., an associate professor of dermatology at Yale University, quoted in the company’s press release.
Below is a list of sunscreen and sunscreen products that have been tested by Valisure and found to be benzene-free.