Is sunscreen the only source of benzene exposure?

Unfortunately, sunscreen is not the only source of benzene exposure when it comes to personal care products. During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, numerous companies have included benzene in hand sanitizer, and the chemical might also lurk in fruit juice.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Alarmingly, benzene is also present in numerous hand sanitizing products

On March 24, 2021, the independent pharmacy Valisure that found benzene lurking in sunscreen filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration to urge the agency to set a safe limit of benzene in hand sanitizers, which are considered drugs that should be properly regulated. In addition to conducting tests on sunscreen samples, the pharmacy has also examined hand sanitizing products for the presence of harmful agents.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration has been allowing a concentration of a maximum of 2 ppm of benzene in aqueous solutions, which refer to liquid hand sanitizers. However, the agency's regulation does not extend to gel or non-liquid hand sanitizer, and this implies that for these products, there is no acceptable level of benzene, as they are drugs and benzene is unnecessary in their manufacturing.

The following hand sanitizing products have been found to contain dangerous levels of benzene:

  • Artnaturals
  • Scentsational Soaps & Candles Inc.
  • Huangjisoo
  • TrueWash
  • The Crème Shop
  • Star Wars Mandalorian
  • Body Prescriptions
  • Born Basic
  • Beauty Concepts
  • PureLogic
  • Miami CarryOn
  • Natural Wunderz
  • Clean. Protect. Sanitize.
  • Puretize
  • Hand Clean 100

"We recently added benzene to our list of compounds that we test for and soon started detecting it in hand sanitizers. As it quickly became clear this was a problem broadly affecting the overall hand sanitizer market in the U.S., we decided to conduct a market sweep and then file a Citizen Petition with the Food and Drug Administration," explains David Light. He is the founder and CEO of Valisure.

The pharmacy tested 260 bottles from 168 brands and found that 17% of the products contained detectable levels of benzene. Furthermore, 21 bottles, or 8% of the samples, had benzene above 2 ppm, the temporary limit the Food and Drug Administration established for liquid hand sanitizers during the pandemic. Additionally, the agency warns consumers to cease using the following hand sanitizers:

  • products that were tested by the FDA and found to contain methanol, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal
  • products that are labeled to contain methanol
  • products that have been tested and were found to have microbial contamination
  • products that are being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor
  • products that are subpotent, meaning they have less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride
  • products that are purportedly made at the same facility as products that have been tested by the FDA and found to contain methanol, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal
  • products that are packaged in a container that resembles a food or beverage container that presents an increased risk of accidental ingestion
  • products that are made at a facility that did not respond to multiple FDA requests for information about the quality of their products and manufacturing process

Consequently, benzene is a chemical you should worry about if you use hand sanitizer, which you most likely use since the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. We recommend you to read the labels of the products you intend to purchase carefully, do your research, and always be up to date with the news concerning benzene in consumer products, especially in personal care products. If you have been using tainted sunscreen and developed acute myeloid leukemia, we encourage you to reach out to our lawyers and legal team, who are competent in providing you the assistance you need to file a claim with the culpable companies.

Our resourceful attorneys will help you file a benzene sunscreen claim

With almost three decades of experience in offering quality legal assistance to victims of toxic exposure and their surviving family members, our attorneys and legal team are ready to help you file a benzene sunscreen claim if you developed acute myeloid leukemia due to using a tainted product. The legal process will be simple for you, as you will just have to give us a call, describe your situation, answer our questions, and send us a series of documents.

After our attorneys review your case, they will determine whether you qualify for compensation from the liable company. If you do, they will subsequently begin preparing your claim for submission. During this time, you can continue focusing on your health and treatment, as we will take care of the difficult work for you. You will eventually obtain the money you are entitled to from the companies whose toxic sunscreen you have used.

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