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Multiple Sunscreens Recall - Low levels of benzene detected

Recalls due to detection of benzene

4 May 2022

An additional product, 2XP SPF50+ Bronze Protect Sunscreen Lotion, has been added to the table below. One batch has been found to contain benzene above the acceptable level.


28 April 2022

Consumers and health professionals are advised that a number of sunscreen products, which are regulated as medicines in Australia, are being recalled due to the presence of benzene.

What should I do?

Check the table of products set out below.

Only the batches included in the table are being recalled.

If you have any of the affected batch numbers, please return it to the place of purchase or contact the Sponsor (their contact details are in the table) for a refund.

Other products may be added to the table in the next few weeks as the TGA investigations continue. We will update this information if additional products are identified and recall actions start.

If you have any concerns or questions about benzene and use of sunscreens, please speak to your health professional.

What is benzene and what are the risks?

Benzene is a chemical that can cause cancer in humans, depending on the level and length of exposure. Benzene is not an ingredient in sunscreens but can be a contaminant in raw materials used in the manufacturing process. It has been detected in one batch of a raw material used in the manufacture of a number of products and the TGA is working with affected companies to confirm if benzene is present in their medicines and if it is, how much is there.

Benzene levels in sunscreens sold in Australia must be below 2 parts per million (ppm). Although exposure at the levels detected would not be expected to cause serious adverse health effects, and risks to users are considered low, the sunscreens are being recalled to ensure consumer safety.

Product name (ARTG number) Sponsor Affected Batch numbers Sponsor contact details

2XP SPF50+ Bronze Protect Sunscreen Lotion (70mL)

(AUST L 294158)

Ensign Laboratories Pty Ltd

Batch: 1102889

03 8586 2100 - Heritage Brands Customer Service

Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen SPF50+ 110mL (Tube)

(AUST L 278913)

Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen SPF50+ 110mL - Tube

VitalityBrands Worldwide Pty Ltd

Batch: 1103178

1300 364 515

Cancer Council Web Statement:

Cancer Council Sunscreen Recall Statement - Vitality Brands

Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen SPF50+ 200mL (Pump)

(AUST L 278913)

Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen SPF50+ 200mL - Pump

VitalityBrands Worldwide Pty Ltd

Batch: 1099751

1300 364 515

Cancer Council Web Statement:

Cancer Council Sunscreen Recall Statement - Vitality Brands

NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture SPF30 Lotion 200ml

(AUST L 270876)

NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture SPF30 Lotion 200ml

Beiersdorf Australia Ltd

SPF30 lotion batch: 12640440-BN

Beiersdorf Consumer Services

1800 103 023

NIVEA Sun Recall

NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture SPF50+ Roll On 65ml

(AUST L 286352)

NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture SPF50+ Roll On 65ml

Beiersdorf Australia Ltd

SPF50+ roll on batch: 12669940BN

Beiersdorf Consumer Services

1800 103 023

NIVEA Sun Recall

Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Lotion Spray Coconut Beach 200ml

(AUST L 354358)

SPF 50+ Lotion Spray Coconut Beach 200ml

Bondi Sands Pty Ltd

104263, 1104743 and 1104264

1300 961 385 - Bondi Sands Customer Service Line

Bondi Sands Statement:

Recalls | Bondi Sands - Bondi Sands Australia

Baby Bum Mineral SPF50+ Lotion 88mL

(AUST L 355134)

Baby Bum Mineral SPF50+ Lotion 88mL

Sun Bum Pty Ltd

N1118B and N1118C

1800 95 3664

Sun Bum

Customer Service Centre

Sun Bum Web Statement:

Baby Bum Recall (babybumrecallanz.com)

The TGA published information in 2021 on recalls of two other sunscreens due to benzene contamination - please see:

Reporting problems

Consumers and health professionals are encouraged to report problems with medicines or vaccines. Your report will contribute to the TGA's monitoring of these products.

The TGA cannot give advice about an individual's medical condition. You are strongly encouraged to talk with a health professional if you are concerned about a possible adverse event associated with a medicine or vaccine.