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Energizer Recalls Spray Sunscreens for Ignition Risk Due to Spray Valve

Posted: October 24, 2012

Energizer Holdings Inc. initiated a voluntary market withdrawal of 23 continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products due to a potential risk of the product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before completely dry.

Energizer is voluntarily removing these products from retail outlets because of this potential safety concern. Energizer believes that this issue is associated with the product delivery system, specifically the size of the spray valve opening on the affected products. The spray valve opening on the affected products dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays. 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

Energizer is notifying its retail partners to stop selling the product. Energizer has received four reports of adverse events involving burns associated with the use of the Banana Boat SPORT Ultramist SPF 30 and 50 products in the United States, and one event in Canada.

Consumer safety is the primary objective of Energizer; therefore, it has voluntarily initiated this market withdrawal. As already described, Energizer believes it has identified the cause of this safety concern and expects to offer new Banana Boat continuous spray products shortly.

Consistent with existing warnings on all continuous spray suncare products, consumers should take care to avoid sources of ignition when using these products, should not smoke while using these products and should not use these products in the presence of a flame or spark.

Consumers who have purchased any of the 23 listed products from January 2010 through Sept. 30, 2012, are advised not to use them. Consumers with questions or complaints regarding this market withdrawal are urged to contact Energizer by calling 1-800-723-3786 or e-mailing suncare@customerfollowup.info.