Sunscreen Recall: Cancer Council, Nivea withdrew the benzene ingredient

Five popular Australian sunscreen products were urgently recalled after a carcinogenic ingredient was detected in batches.

Australians were urged to stop using five popular sunscreen products immediately, as concerns about a carcinogenic ingredient were mistakenly added to the batch.

Product Safety Australia recalled five products to which benzene may have been accidentally added during production.

Four of the recalled products were made by the Cancer Council and Nivea, sold in hundreds of supermarkets, pharmacies and online stores across Australia.

Two batches of Sensitive Sunscreen SPF50 + products by Cancer Council – 110ml tube and 200ml pump pack – have been officially recalled to contain Benzene.

The affected lot number for the tube is 1103178 and the expiration date is 1/02/2024. The affected pump bottle lot is 1099751 with an expiration date 1/10/2023.

They were sold between October 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021.

Meanwhile, two of Nivea’s Sun Protect and Moisture creams have been officially recalled for the same reasons: 200ml bottle of SPF30 Moisture Lock creamAnd SPF50 + 65ml roll on sunscreen were hit.

The products are available in dark blue packaging with yellow caps and were sold between July 27, 2021 and April 22, 2022.

The affected lot number for the 200ml bottle is 12640440-BN and has product code 85616. Roll-on lot number is 12669940BN and product code 86098.

They have an expiration date 06/2024.

The recalls come two days after a batch of 2XP SPF50 + Bronze Protect sunscreen which was also recalled for benzene contamination. The lot number was 1102889 and it was sold by Coles in Hawthorne East, Victoria.

Product Safety Australia urged customers to check their sunscreen products and, if interested, stop using them immediately.

Consumers who have purchased Cancer Council sunscreens are advised to contact the manufacturer, Vitality brands around the world for a refund.

Those who have purchased Nivea products can call Nivea customer service or go to company website to find out about refunds.

And people who bought 2XP sunscreen should contact the place of purchase or Heritage Brands customer service to request a refund.

Product Safety Australia announced mass withdrawal after benzene was found to be “beyond acceptable limit”.

“Benzene is classified as a carcinogen (a substance that could potentially cause cancer),” says a PSA statement.

“Benzene exposure may be linked to adverse health effects depending on the level and duration of exposure.”

Originally published as Five popular sunscreens remembered after a cancer-causing ingredient was added to batches