Many Banana Boat sunscreens pulled from shelves, and lose our top Rating

Consumer Reports News: October 24, 2012 05:38 PM

Twenty-three Banana Boat sunscreens are being pulled from shelves because of concerns they might burn your skin if you come too close to a spark or flame before they dry. As a result, we no longer recommend one of the products, Banana Boat Clear UltraMist Sport SPF 30, and are removing it from our sunscreen Ratings. The other affected products were not included in our Ratings.

The maker of the sunscreens, Energizer Holdings, Inc., says it has received five reports of burns associated with the UltraMist Sport SPF 30 and SPF 50 products. The company says the spray valves on the products dispense "more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care spray," and, as a result, take longer to dry on the skin. The other products were removed because they use the same kind of spray valve. See a complete list of recalled products. Use the UPC info to help guide you if the product names are confusing.

Energizer Holdings is also the parent company for Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens. But a company spokesperson told us that those products use a different spraying mechanism and so aren't included in the current withdrawal.

Consumers who bought the affected Banana Boat sprays should stop using them and contact the company for compensation at 1-800-SAFESUN (1-800-723-3786) or A company spokesperson said it will either be a refund or product coupon. The products were sold from January 1, 2010, through September 30, 2012.

Energizer Holdings Inc., Announces the Voluntary Nationwide Market 
Withdrawal of several Banana Boat Sun Care Products [FDA]

Nicole Sarrubbo

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