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Started by tahoeblue, Jun 02, 2021, 02:06:35 PM

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i thought this was an over and done subject 0- BUT NO! ...
Benzene still found in various Sunscreens ...

But do they really want to save you from skin cancer ... and give you Leukemia instead ?

Watch out for sunscreens that contain a cancer-causing chemical - experts say there's no safe level of exposure
Andrea Michelson
Fri, May 28, 2021, 11:17 AMĀ·2 min read

Some sunscreen batches have been found to contain benzene, a cancer-causing chemical.

Long-term benzene exposure has been linked to a five-fold increase in leukemia risk.

The lab that identified the contaminated batches is asking the FDA to recall the products.

An independent laboratory is calling for 40 batches of sunscreen products to be pulled from shelves after they were found to contain significant amounts of benzene, a known carcinogen.

Benzene has been linked to increased cancer risk since 1977, when a landmark study found workers who were exposed to benzene over nine years had a five times higher than normal risk of leukemia. Nowadays, the chemical is most commonly found in cigarette smoke and gasoline fumes.

Although the small amounts found in the sunscreen products are far less toxic in comparison, experts say any benzene exposure poses a health risk.

"There's no such thing as a safe level of exposure, and that's especially true for children," Philip Landrigan, director of the Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory at Boston College, told
David Light, Valisure's founder, told Bloomberg he thinks the problem is likely rooted in specific batches, not brands. Benzene is often used as an industrial solvent, so it's possible the sunscreen makers were unknowingly using contaminated solvents in some of their products.

"In this case it really seems to be a manufacturing contaminant problem, not an inherent problem with sunscreen," Light told CNET. "People should still continue to use sunscreen, I think, is an important message to get across."

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Cancer-causing chemical found in 78 sunscreen products

By Rachael Rettner - Senior Writer 6 days ago

The independent lab that made the finding is calling on the FDA to recall these sunscreen products.

An independent testing lab has detected the chemical benzene, a known human carcinogen, in 78 sunscreen products and is now calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall the products.

The lab, Valisure, checks medications and health care products for quality. Recently, the company tested nearly 300 sunscreen products and found that 27% contained benzene, according to a statement from the company. Fourteen of the products (5%) contained benzene at levels higher than 2 parts per million (ppm), which is the FDA's recommended limit for benzene in medically valuable drugs that can't be made without it.

"The presence of this known human carcinogen in products widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and that are regularly used by adults and children is very troubling," David Light, founder and CEO of Valisure, said in the statement.

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