REVISED FDA STANDARDS FOR SUNSCREEN
In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced revised rules for labeling and testing sunscreen products to help consumers make more informed choices.
HOW DID THIS CHANGE AFFECT YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS?
These important changes didn’t affect what’s inside our bottle, so keep enjoying safe and effective Banana Boat® sunscreens with confidence. You may have started seeing our labeling changes on products starting in December 2012, as required by the FDA.
UNDERSTANDING THE CHANGES
BROAD SPECTRUM PROTECTION
The FDA provided testing requirements for sunscreen products to show the amount of protection against both UVA (the rays responsible for aging) and UVB (the rays responsible for burning). Products that pass this test will be labeled “Broad Spectrum”.
NEW CLAIM RESTRICTIONS
Sun care products can no longer claim to be “waterproof,” “sweat-proof”, or be a “sunblock”. They can claim “water-resistant”, but will need to state the length of water resistance (i.e. Water Resistant 40 min or Water Resistant 80 min).
DRUG FACTS BOX
All sunscreen products must now include drug facts on their container. Banana Boat® products already include a drug facts box. Banana Boat® products already comply with many of these guidelines, so there will not be significant changes to the labels.
Banana Boat® products SPF 15 and higher continues to carry The Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval, as they have for over twenty years. Learn more at www.skincancer.org.
HOW CAN YOU LEARN MORE?
Visit the FDA's site for a comprehensive explanation, and to read their FAQ's.
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