The national consumer watchdog has issued a recall for several batches of some of Australia’s most popular sunscreens after the detection of a dangerous carcinogen.
Low levels of benzene, a cancer-causing substance, were detected in four products made by two popular brands.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration ordered two batches from Nivea’s Protect & Moisture range and two from the Cancer Council’s sensitive range be pulled from shelves.
The consumer watchdog warned the products contained levels of benzene “above the acceptable limit”.
Benzene is typically used to produce synthetic products, such as plastics, lubricants, rubber and pesticides.
Long-term exposure to benzene can damage the immune system and cause serious health issues such anaemia and even cancer.
According to the recall notices, the substance may have been “unintentionally introduced” during the manufacturing of the products.
Consumers are urged to stop using the following products:
- Nivea Protect & Moisture SPF 30 lotion, 200 millilitres — Batch 12640440BN
- Nivea Protect & Moisture SPF 50+ roll-on, 65 millilitres — Batch 12669940BN
- Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen, 110-millilitre SPF 50+ lotion — Batch 1103178
- Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen, 200-millilitre SPF 50+ lotion — Batch 1099751
The affected Nivea batches were available for sale from September 2021, while the recalled Cancer Council products sold from October 1, 2020, until June 1, 2021.
The recalls come less than a week after two other popular sunscreen products were recalled for the same reason.
Two batches of Sun Bum products and three from Bondi Sands were found to contain the same dangerous carcinogen.
The TGA announced the recall of the following products on May 6:
Sun Bum Baby Bum Mineral SPF50+ Sunscreen Lotion — Lot codes LOT#N1118B and LOT#N1118C
- Bondi Sands SPF50+ Sunscreen Lotion Spray Coconut Beach, 200 millilitres — Batches 1104263, 1104743 and 1104264
Sun Bum customers can visit www.babybumrecallanz.com to request refunds.
Bondi Sands customers are asked to either contact 1300 961 385 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact their place of purchase for refunds.