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.

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