• Energizer Holdings Inc. has initiated a voluntary market withdrawal of a variety of continuous spray Ultra Mist Banana Boat sun care products due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry. The company is voluntarily removing these products from retail outlets because of this potential safety concern.
Energizer believes that this issue is associated with the product delivery system, specifically the size of the spray valve opening on the affected products. The spray valve opening on the affected products dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays.
As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays. If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite.
Energizer is notifying its retail partners to stop selling the product. The company received four reports of adverse events involving burns associated with the use of the Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport SPF 30 and 50 products in the US, and one event in Canada. Consumer safety is the primary objective of Energizer and therefore it has voluntarily initiated this market withdrawal, said the company in its recall, announced on Oct. 19.
These over-the-counter products were distributed nationwide to wholesalers and retailers from January of 2010 through Sept. 30, 2012. At press time, this market withdrawal is being conducted with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.