Spray Sunscreen Review Heats Up As FDA Looks Into Burn Report
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
FDA launched an inquiry following a report that a man suffered second-degree burns after using a Banana Boat spray sunscreen from Energizer Personal Care. The firm has submitted to FDA data showing the safety and efficacy of spray sunscreens, in support of their inclusion in the final monograph.
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Energizer Personal Care’s recall of 23 Banana Boat spray sunscreen SKUs came in response to five reports of consumers burned after using the products. A broader problem may be the lack of a formal or recognized industry standard for dispensing volumes of continuous spray sunscreens.
The Environmental Working Group says many children’s sunscreens have “safer, more effective ingredients than those in other products.” But the Personal Care Products Council questions EWG’s research, saying the group’s report “could confuse consumers and discourage them from using sunscreen.”
The marketer of Coppertone sun care products says “it is reasonable to assume” the “element of convenience” with spray products would encourage consumers to apply sunscreen initially, and promote reapplication.