As reported in August, a group of prominent researchers asked U.S. regulators to pull many sunscreens from the market, including brands such as Coppertone, Banana Boat and Neutrogena, saying they’ve found evidence of a potential carcinogen.
Scientists petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to remove from sale all sunscreens containing the active ingredient octocrylene. Nearly 2,400 products on the market carrying the ingredient... Products made with the chemical may contain benzophenone, a suspected carcinogen that also can interfere with key hormones and reproductive organs, according to a group led by Craig Downs, executive director of the nonprofit Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, which studies risks to health and the environment.
While a trade group called the report misleading, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled a good number of its Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens after the company itself found low levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in its own samples. The concerns over the chemical were flagged back in May, but the company, and others that were named in the prior independent report, took months to act.
Some 2,400 sun-protection products are made with octocrylene and “we don’t know what their safety is,” said Downs, who filed the petition. “The FDA doesn’t know what their safety is and it’s unconscionable that the FDA would allow something that we don’t know if it’s safe or not.”
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