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Sun Bun recalls Baby Bum sunscreen after detecting levels of benzene

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Sun Bum has recalled Baby Bum Mineral SPF 50 after levels of benene were detected.

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Sun Bum has recalled Baby Bum Mineral SPF 50 after levels of benene were detected.

Sun lotion brand Sun Bum has recalled a product made specifically for babies after it was found to have low levels of benzene.

On a website specifically for the recallhe said Sun Bum recently identified two lot codes of Baby Bum Mineral SPF50+ Lotion, AUST L 355134, supplied in Australia and New Zealand, which potentially contained levels of benzene above the permitted amount.

“It is not an ingredient in this product and may have been unintentionally introduced during the manufacturing process,” he said.

It affected 88ml, LOT # N1118B and LOT # N1118C EXP 04/2024, AUST L 355134 sold in pharmacies and specialty stores nationwide from August 2021 to April 2022.

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A recent test of the product detected benzene at a concentration of approximately 2.4 parts per million in the two affected lots of lotion in Australia and New Zealand.

Benzene is banned in cosmetics in New Zealand under the Cosmetics Group Standard.

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Brands of sunscreen go through rigorous testing before they hit the shelves, and we can be sure they’re safe, says the New Zealand Sun Care Initiative.

The 2.4 ppm level was above the 2 ppm limit the Australia Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) had set for benzene residues in medicines, as it is classified as a human carcinogen.

The TGA classifies sunscreens as medicines in Australia.

Although the levels of benzene detected in the affected product are above the amount allowed by Australian standards, the health risk to consumers who may have used these products is considered extremely low, he said.

“However, out of an abundance of caution, Sun Bum has made the decision to recall both lots of the affected product.”

Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical in volcanoes and forest fires, but it is also used in the process of creating other chemicals such as lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs and chemicals. pesticides.

Exposure to certain levels of benzene may cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and headache.

No other Sun Bum products were affected.

Persons with affected products should contact Sun Bum using the recall website https://www.babybumrecallanz.com/ to request a refund, then discard the product.