Oct 1, 2021 - Economy

Coppertone issues sunscreen recall due to cancer risk

Coppertone sunscreen display.

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Coppertone announced Friday that it is recalling five of its aerosol sunscreens after finding benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in some batches.

Why it matters: Exposure to benzene can result in an increased risk of cancer, depending on the level and extent of exposure, but the daily exposure levels detected in Coppertone aerosol sunscreens aren't expected to cause "adverse health consequences," according to the announcement.

The big picture: Coppertone said as of Sept. 30, it hadn't received any reports of "adverse events" regarding the products which were made between Jan. 10, 2021 and June 15, 2021.

  • "Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling certain lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen spray products," the company said in a statement.
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