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Sun Bum Sun Products Found to Contain Benzene Class Action

Recently, a number of sunscreen and after-sun products have been found to contain benzene in concerning concentrations. This class action brings suit against SC Johnson & Son, Inc. and Sun Bum, LLC alleging benzene has been found in three Sun Bum products as well.

The class for this action is all consumers who bought the products in the US during the applicable statute of limitations period. A New York Subclass has also been proposed for those in the above class who bought the products in New York.

The products at issue include the following:

  • Sun Bum Oxy Free Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion- SPF 50
  • Sun Bum After-Sun Cool Down Gel
  • Sun Bum After-Sun Cool Down Aloe Vera Spray

Benzene, the complaint claims is an “incredibly dangerous substance, especially in the context of applying it to the skin.” It has been recognized as a carcinogen for many years, the complaint alleges, including by the National Toxicology Program, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The packaging of the product lists both active and inactive ingredients, the complaint says, but does not show benzene as an ingredient.

According to the complaint, the “packaging and labeling are designed to appeal to health-conscious consumers,” showing statements such as “Dermatologist Tested,” “Gluten Free and Vegan,” “Antioxidant Enriched (Vitamin E),” and “Moisturizes and Nourishes Dry and Sun Damaged Skin,” among others. The complaint says that the claims on the packaging “lead[] reasonable consumers to believe the Products are safe and do not contain dangerous chemicals like benzene.”

The complaint alleges that the benzene was found in a study by Valisure, an online pharmacy, which “found that [the Sun Bum products] contained some of the highest benzene levels out of the 272 sunscreen and after-sun products tested.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies benzene as a Class 1 solvent that should not be used to make “drug substances, excipients, and drug products” because of the “unacceptable toxicity.”

While the FDA does permit small amounts to be used if it is “unavoidable in order to produce a drug product with a significant therapeutic advance,” the complaint alleges that this exception does not apply to the Sun Bum products: “Since the majority of products tested did not contain detectable levels of benzene, its use is not unavoidable in order to achieve the benefits of sunscreen. Thus, it is clear that benzene exposure in the manufacturing process can be specifically avoided so that the Products could have absolutely no benzene in them.”

The counts include breaches of warranties, fraudulent concealment, and violation of state laws, among other things. It also requests a medical monitoring program for those who used the products.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Sun Bum Sun Products Found to Contain Benzene Complaint

January 26, 2022

Recently, a number of sunscreen and after-sun products have been found to contain benzene in concerning concentrations. This class action brings suit against SC Johnson & Son, Inc. and Sun Bum, LLC alleging benzene has been found in three Sun Bum products as well.

Sun Bum Sun Products Found to Contain Benzene Complaint

Case Event History

Sun Bum Sun Products Found to Contain Benzene Complaint

January 26, 2022

Recently, a number of sunscreen and after-sun products have been found to contain benzene in concerning concentrations. This class action brings suit against SC Johnson & Son, Inc. and Sun Bum, LLC alleging benzene has been found in three Sun Bum products as well.

Sun Bum Sun Products Found to Contain Benzene Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels