Coppertone, a well-known sunscreen manufacturer announced a product recall of five Coppertone aerosol sunscreen spray products manufactured between January 10, 2021, and June 15, 2021. In a company announcement, Coppertone advised consumers to stop using the recalled products.
Coppertone announced a product recall of these specific products:
- Coppertone Pure & Simple SPF 50 (5.0 oz) aerosol sunscreen spray
- (Lot# TN00CJ4, Lot# TN00BR2)
- Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids SPF 50 (5.0 oz) aerosol sunscreen spray
- (Lot# TN00857, Lot# TN00CJV, Lot# TN00854, Lot# TN00855)
- Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby SPF 50 (5.0 oz) aerosol sunscreen spray
- (Lot# TN009GH, Lot# TN0083K, Lot# TN0083J)
- Coppertone Sport Mineral SPF 50 (5.0 oz) aerosol sunscreen spray
- (Lot# TN008KU, Lot# TN008KV)
- Travel-size Coppertone Sport Spray SPF 50 (1.6 oz) aerosol sunscreen spray
- (Lot# TN00BU3)
This product recall is because benzene, a carcinogen, is present in these lots. The Lot # on these products can be found on the back of the spray bottles.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, benzene is a chemical that is colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. Benzene is also a known human carcinogen and exposure can occur through inhalation, oral, and skin. Depending on the level and extent of exposure, benzene can result in an increased risk of cancers including leukemia, and blood cancer of the bone marrow and other blood disorders which can be life-threatening.
Coppertone’s recall follows similar recalls by Johnson and Johnson, which announced on July 14, 2021, that it was recalling various Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol spray sunscreens due to the presence of benzene.