Natural sunscreens recalled following tests
Two natural sunscreens have been recalled from sale, and another is relabelling its product to correct a false claim of high SPF, following Consumer NZ testing.
Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said, ‘‘We’ll be releasing the results of a wider test, but these three were so bad we figured we should be telling people now.’’ The manufacturer has recalled Snowberry Family+ Sunscreen SPF 30 after Consumer NZ testing found it had an SPF of only 20 and failed requirements for broad spectrum protection.
Natural product, Pure South 100 per cent Natural Sunscreen, said its raspberry oil ingredient contributed an SPF of 28 to 50, but testing on the sunscreen found it had an SPF of 5. Pure South has told Chetwin it will stop labelling the product a sunscreen and remove reference of the raspberry oil’s SPF. Pure Blend Sunscreen SPF 15++ was found to only have an SPF of 4.
Chetwin called NZ’s voluntary standards on SPF ‘‘ridiculous’’. ‘‘In a country where melanoma is such a problem, I can’t believe we haven’t caught up with Australia’s mandatory standards on this.’’
Consumer NZ testing brings three natural products under fire.