Coppertone Recalls Benzene-Tainted Sunscreens; Cosmetics Regulatory & Legal News
Consumers can contact Coppertone for refunds for aerosol sunscreens found to contain benzene, a human carcinogen that should not adversely affect users at levels detected, the Beiersdorf brand says. More cosmetics regulatory and legal news in brief.
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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.
As anticipated, the US FDA’s proposed order for sunscreens released on 24 September creates a bridge to the agency’s 2019 proposed rule before the CARES Act overhauled OTC drug review in March 2020.