Valisure’s Benzene Testing Finds Problems With OTC Sunscreens, Cosmetic Sun Care Products
Independent lab's analysis found benzene levels at “up to three times the conditionally restricted FDA concentration limit of 2 ppm" in 10 Neutrogena sunscreen formulations.
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There’s an increasingly familiar pattern to leading personal-care manufacturers’ benzene troubles in the states: Independent testing lab Valisure flags their product(s) as contaminated with the carcinogen; class actions file in federal courts; and, frequently, recalls are undertaken “out of an abundance of caution.”
Hydrocarbon-based propellants can harbor trace levels of benzene, among other impurities, when quality controls are insufficient. Leading brands’ antiperspirant and deodorant body sprays are the latest aerosol personal-care products identified by independent laboratory Valisure as contaminated with the carcinogen.
“What started a couple years ago with the discovery of nitrosamine in blood pressure and heart medicine has since evolved to benzene in hand sanitizer and sunscreen,” says Sedgwick International’s Amanda Combs about “Valisure scenario.”