Energizer Holdings Inc. is voluntarily pulling some continuous-spray Banana Boat sun care products from the market due to a risk of the products igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.


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Some Banana Boat spray products recalled due to burn risk

October 22nd, 2012

ST. LOUIS – Energizer Holdings Inc. is voluntarily pulling some continuous-spray Banana Boat sun care products from the market due to a risk of the products igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.

Twenty-three Banana Boat continuous-spray products have been recalled, including items under the brand's UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids banners.

Energizer said Friday that it thinks the issue stems from the product delivery system, specifically the size of the spray valve opening on the affected products.

The spray valve opening on the recalled products dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays, and consquently the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays, Energizer explained. If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark the full drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite, the company said.

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

"Energizer believes it has identified the cause of this safety concern and expects to offer new Banana Boat continuous-spray products shortly," the company stated.

The company said that consistent with current warnings on all continuous-spray sun care products, consumers should avoid sources of ignition when using these products, not smoke while using these products, and not use these products in the presence of a flame or spark.

The products involved in the recall were distributed nationwide to wholesalers and retailers between January 2010 and Sept. 30, 2012.

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