It’s Summer. Have a Dollop of Benzene.

by Karl Denninger

Don’t worry, the FDA has your back they tell us.

Whatever is on the market is safe and effective.

Like, for example, the sunscreen you use when you’d otherwise be turned into a lobster in the summer and, perhaps, get skin cancer down the road.

Oh, about that cancer thing….

An independent testing lab has detected the chemical benzene, a known human carcinogen, in 78 sunscreen products and is now calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall the products.

The lab, Valisure, checks medications and health care products for quality. Recently, the company tested nearly 300 sunscreen products and found that 27% contained benzene, according to a statement from the company. Fourteen of the products (5%) contained benzene at levels higher than 2 parts per million (ppm), which is the FDA’s recommended limit for benzene in medically valuable drugs that can’t be made without it.

There is absolutely no sunscreen that cannot be made without benzene.

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