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Ombrelle Canada recalls sunscreen products

Ombrelle Canada has recalled a series of Ombrelle Garnier sunscreen products have due to elevated levels of benzene.

High levels of benzene can cause certain types of cancer if used long-term

Ombrelle Canada recalled two sunscreen products due to elevated levels of benzene (Health Canada)

Ombrelle Canada has recalled a series of Ombrelle Garnier sunscreen products due to elevated levels of benzene. 

All lots of Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen in both SPF 30 and SPF 60 are on the recall list. 

Health Canada said in a notice Friday the level of benzene, a colourless chemical found in gasoline and cigarettes, in the product is high enough to pose "serious health risks."

"Immediate signs of exposure to elevated levels of benzene include drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and headaches," Health Canada said in a recall notice.

Health Canada said anyone using the products should stop and call a health provider if any concerns arise. 

The recalled products are as follows:

 
Product Name DIN Lot # Expiry Date
Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen SPF 30 02415313 JFT30W 03-2023
JFS80W 08-2022
Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen SPF 60 02415402 JFU30W 03-2024
JFT30W 08-2023
JFS80W 08-2022
JFS81W 08-2022

There are no "safe" levels of benzene, said Health Canada, and people are often routinely exposed to it through inhaling car exhaust or second-hand smoke from cigarettes. 

Health Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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