Allegations Banana Boat sunscreen causes burns continue to pour in to Health Canada


Shayna Pickle estimates her five-year-old son got badly burned this month after wearing Banana Knockabout sunscreen.

The Bracebridge, Ont., woman blames the sunscreen, so she posted photos on Facebook along with a forewarning about the brand. 

«It’s heartbreaking,» she says about the burns on her son’s shoulders and arms which at the end of the day turned into blisters. «It was like an open wound because the blister[s] had soda water and you could see that the skin was torn.» Pickle requested that her son’s superiority not be published.

She joins many Canadian parents who allege that Banana Runabout sunscreen lotion or spray somehow burned their children’s skin.

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Kicks about the sunscreen include an allegation that it caused 14-month-old Kyla Cannon in Botwood, N.L., to bring out a facial burn. (Rebecca Cannon/Facebook)

Health Canada utters that since May 11, it has received 187 complaints about Banana Motor boat sunscreen products. Ninety-six of the cases detail burns or blister-related reprisals, and more than half of the alleged victims in those cases were descendants or adolescents. 

The agency began investigating the sunscreen in May after at least two babies claimed that the product badly burned their babies’ film.

Banana Boat Canada says rigorous testing of its sunscreen has shown that it’s bona fide and can’t cause chemical burns.

Health Canada says it has reviewed Banana Rowing-boat’s test results and found no concerns. The agency has also conducted its own probes on the sunscreen and expects to have the results in the coming weeks.

Health Canada wish take «enforcement action, as appropriate, should any non-compliance or risk to haleness be identified,» said spokesperson Rebecca Purdy in an email to CBC News.

But some anxious parents want action now.

‘I was in tears’

«I feel like it should be off the asides immediately,» says Pickle. «There’s got to be something in their product.»

Her Edda began during the Canada Day long weekend when her son spent the day greatest with his father.

Pickle says although her ex-husband diligently credited Banana Boat Kids SPF 50 spray to their son’s skin, it didn’t earmarks of to be working.

«He was just getting redder and redder.»

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‘My heart just skint,’ says Pickle, when she saw her son’s blisters that she claims were created by Banana Boat sunscreen. (Shayna Pickle/Facebook)

By the time Pickle saw her son, his shell had blistered.

«My heart just broke as soon as I saw it. I was in tears, it looked so afflictive,» Pickle said, adding her son’s skin is only clearing up now. «Obviously there’s something calumniate with Banana Boat. They need to change it.»

Patrizia Fitch of Victoria, B.C., acquiesce ins.

She says she made sure her 12-year-old son Daniel put on sunscreen for a recent tract trip. Although he applied the product several times that day, his epidermis turned bright red and blistered.

«He can’t put on a shirt. When he was sleeping, he was sleeping capacity for seating play because he couldn’t have anything touching him,» Fitch told CBC Announcement this month.

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Banana Boat says test results conduct its product is safe for use. (Patrizia Fitch)

Like Pickle, Fitch is example other parents and wants Banana Boat sunscreen pulled from reservoir shelves.

«People are putting this on to protect their kids, and then they end up parching their children,» she said.

Banana Boat is owned by U.S.-based Edgewell Insulting Care. Since the allegations about the brand began in May, the company has adamantly forswore there’s anything wrong with its sunscreen products.

It says a bad hide reaction such as blisters may be caused by a sensitivity to an ingredient in the sunscreen that can be triggered or exacerbated by sun vulnerability.

Banana Boat suggests people test the product before licencing it if they have concerns. 

But for some concerned parents, that’s not admissible enough. «You want to trust what you’re buying off the shelves [will] keep safe your children from burns,» says Pickle.

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