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Popular Sunscreen Recalled Over Fears of Skin Catching Fire

by VR Sreeraman on October 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM
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 Popular Sunscreen Recalled Over Fears of Skin Catching Fire

Popular sunscreen manufacturer announced Friday recalling of 23 spray-on products after cases of skin igniting when exposed to flame. Around five people in the US and Canada caught on fire after applying Banana Boat sunscreen and coming in contact with an open flame.

Energizer Holdings said it was recalling its popular continuous spray sunscreen "due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry."

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It cited a likely problem with the size of the spray valve opening that allows more of the volatile product to be sprayed on the skin than usual.

"As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays.

"If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite."
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The four incidents reported in the United States and one in Canada involved the use of the company's Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 and 50 products.

St. Louis, Missouri-based Energizer said it is voluntarily removing the products from retail outlets, and notifying stores to stop selling them.

It warned that anyone using spray-on sun care products should not apply them while smoking or in proximity to flames or sparks.

Source: AFP
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