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Coppertone Sunscreen Recalled Over Benzene Cancer Risks

Coppertone has issued a voluntary recall of certain aerosol sunscreens due to the presence of benzene, a known cancer-causing agent. Coppertone issued the recall for five 50SPF sunscreen products, including:

  • Pure & Simple
  • Pure & Simple Baby
  • Pure and Simple Kids
  • Sport Mineral
  • Travel-Size Sport

The Coppertone sunscreen recall applies to aerosol products manufactured between January 10 and June 15, and joins other sunscreen brands, including Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Banana Boat that have also been recalled. Coppertone released a statement that says:

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling certain lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen spray products. To date, Coppertone has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.”

Joe Lyon is currently investigating toxic product exposure claims and reviewing Coppertone sunscreen recall cases. If you have used sunscreen and developed cancer, call now for a free and confidential review.

Benzene in Sunscreen

According to a report submitted to the Food and Drug Administration in May, benzene was detected in sunscreens from Aveeno, Neutrogena, Banana Boat, Sun Bum, CVS Health, Goodsense, Fruit of the Earth, EltaMD and Raw Elements.

A letter to the FDA reads: “The presence of this known human carcinogen in sunscreen products widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and regularly used by adults and children in large volumes make this finding especially troubling.”

Studies have linked elevated levels of benzene to leukemia and other cancers. Benzene can be absorbed through the skin, which is a concern for those frequently using contaminated sunscreens.

Consumers should stop using recalled Coppertone aerosol sunscreen spray products, and monitor their health. Coppertone intends to contact retailers and arrange for returns, and consumers should contact a product liability attorney to discuss ongoing litigation.

The Coppertone sunscreen recall is largely due to the FDA classifying benzene as a human carcinogen. Because benzene can harm individuals via inhalation and skin exposure, according to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC), consumers are urged to use aerosol sunscreens with caution.

Cases of benzene poisoning range from mild to severe, with some topical exposure leading to injury, irritation or cancer. Anyone who has frequently used sunscreen and later developed leukemia or another cancer should contact an attorney to discuss legal action. The Lyon Firm offers free toxic exposure case reviews.


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