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Banana Boat recalls sunscreen due to fire risk

WASHINGTON — The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling some of its spray-on products after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the lotion and coming in contact with an open flame.

Energizer Holdings said Friday that it is pulling 23 varieties of UltraMist sunscreen off store shelves due to the risk of the lotion igniting when exposed to fire.

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The recall includes aerosol products like UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense, and UltraMist Kids.

A company spokesman said there have been five reports of people suffering burns after using the sunscreen in the last year. Four burn cases were reported in the United States and one in Canada.

Energizer said in a statement that the problem appears to be caused by UltraMist’s spray valve, which is over applying the product. As a result the lotion is taking longer to dry, which raises the flammability risk.

UltraMist’s label warns users: ‘‘Do not use in the presence of a flame or spark. Keep away from sources of ignition — no smoking.’’

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