Energizer Holdings Inc., Announces the Voluntary Nationwide Market Withdrawal of Two Banana Boat Sun Care Products

TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Energizer Canada, Inc. announced today it is initiating a voluntary market withdrawal of the continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products identified in the table below 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.

Affected Products UPC
Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 60 Spray Sunscreen, 180ml 79656 04991-6
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 60 Spray Sunscreen, 180ml 79656 04990-9

Energizer 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.  Energizer has received four reports of adverse events involving burns associated with the use of the Banana Boat continuous spray 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.  As already described, Energizer believes it has identified the cause of this safety concern and expects to offer new Banana Boat continuous spray products shortly.

Consistent with existing warnings on all continuous spray suncare products, consumers should take care to avoid sources of ignition when using these products, should not smoke while using these products, and should not use these products in the presence of a flame or spark.

Consumers who have purchased any of the above listed products are advised not to use them. Consumers with questions or complaints regarding this market withdrawal can contact Energizer by calling Consumer Affairs at 1-888-SUN-TIPS (1-888-786-8477) Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 7:00PM Eastern, or by sending an email to:  SUNCARE@customerfollowup.info.

These over-the-counter products were distributed nationwide to wholesalers and retailers from January of 2010 through September 30, 2012.

SOURCE: Energizer Canada

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Company Media Contact: Michael Abbass 416-413-5205 / Caitie Wallman 416-413-5206