Dropped action based on ‘unreliable claims’

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Bannister Law has withdrawn its proposed class action relating to the performance of Banana Boat sunscreens

Edgewell Personal Care, manufacturer of Banana Boat sunscreens, said in a statement today that it welcomes the decision of Bannister Law to withdraw its proposed class action.

It says that the proposed class action was based on unreliable claims about the performance of Banana Boat aerosol products.

Banana Boat categorically refuted the claims when it was revealed last year that Bannister Law was investigating a class action, and stood behind its aerosol sunscreens.

Banana Boat also stated that the results conducted on behalf of Bannister Law were entirely inconsistent with the testing that has been conducted at independent, reputable labs in accordance with the Australian mandatory standards.

Ivan Nuich, ‎Regional Vice President, Oceania, ‎Edgewell Personal Care, said today, “We are pleased that Bannister Law has decided to drop its proposed action”.

“Consumers have been subjected to a number of false and misleading reports in recent times that have been based on unreliable sources.

“We needed to vigorously contest these unfair claims because it’s important for consumers to be able to trust Banana Boat sunscreens and we were prepared to defend ourselves in court if necessary.

“Banana Boat has a long and proven history of developing and manufacturing sunscreen products that help protect against the sun and we continue to confidently stand behind the efficacy of our entire product range.

“Banana Boat Tests that aren’t conducted in accordance to the Australian Mandatory Standards potentially undermine trust with consumers and can put the public at risk.

“We are confident that all Banana Boat products meet their SPF claims when used according to their label instructions.”

The announcement preceded and was not related to the release this week by the TGA of a new notice on its review of sunscreens sold in Australia.

The TGA found “no compliance deficiencies that concern us in relation to quality, safety and efficacy in every-day use”.

Consumers can have confidence in the sunscreen products currently available on the Australian market when used as directed on the label,” the TGA said in its discussion of the desktop review of 94 listed sunscreen products.

It said that packaging claims on aerosol products were consistent with the SPF of the products, but warned that sunscreen is only effective if applied thoroughly and correctly.

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