Popular sunscreen brand could soon be facing potential class action cases against them.
CHOICE have today shared that a potential class action against the maker of Banana Boat Australia, Edgewell Personal Care is brewing after lab tests found seven of their products failed to meet their stated SPF claims.
Some SPF 50+ aerosol sunscreens were showing results as low as SPF 11.
Seven Banana Boat sunscreens have failed to meet the advertised SPF 50+ claims by more than half, resulting in the potential filing of a class action lawsuit by a mother and her five children.
“All seven aerosol varieties we tested fell well short of the marketed SPF 50+,” says Charles Bannister, founder and principle of Bannister Law. “To claim SPF 50+, products need to test greater that 60+.”
The best performing sunscreen achieved an average SPF rating of 20.2, while the worst performing scored 10.7. Each sunscreen spray was tested ten times by laboratory Eurofins Dermatest.
Bannister Law commissioned formal lab testing after their client and her five children allegedly suffered sunburn on several occasions in an unusually short time after applying two Banana Boat Australia products.
Leading the class action is a mother and her five children, who Bannister Law claims were repeatedly burned despite using two Banana Boat products: its Ultra Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+ and Kids Clear Sunscreen Spray 50+.
All of her children are believed to be under the age of ten.
The class action lawsuit is in early stages, but Charles Bannister tells CHOICE it will most likely go ahead.
“I don’t see any reason why this class action won’t proceed,” he says. “I would encourage the makers of Banana Boat to resolve any issues.”
Last year a Melbourne mum suffered severe sunburn caused by the faulty sunblock. Read her story HERE.
Concerned parents recently took to social media to warn others about popular sunscreens that have resulted in severe reactions. Read their stories HERE.
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