Watch out for this carcinogen in sunscreen products

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Valisure has asked the FDA to investigate the sunscreen and after-sun products in question as well as their manufacturing processes. Photo: Pexels

(Karen Pallarito/ Health) –– Heads up before you prep your skin for the beach this holiday weekend. An independent laboratory is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a recall after detecting benzene, a known human carcinogen, in 78 batches of sunscreen and after-sun products.

In a “citizen petition” filed May 24, Valisure LLC said it analyzed 294 unique batches of sunscreen and after-sun products from 69 brands. (Note: a “batch” is different than a “product” as a whole—samples were taken from specific bottles of products, and contamination doesn’t necessarily mean all products of the same kind contain benzene.)

Out of all 294 unique batches, 78 batches—or 27%—were found to contain detectable levels of benzene. (…)

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