More sunscreen products have failed to meet the sun protection requirements on their labels, according to Consumer NZ.
After anger over some anti-cancer drugs at the beginning of this year, ten-member consumer watchdog tests found another five sunscreens with a lower SPF (Sun Protection Factor) than stated.
Eco Tan Natural Coconut Sunscreen SPF30 only SPF12, Skinnies Kids Barefoot Babe SPF50 has SPF 25 and three other products – We Are Feel Good Inc. Sunscreen Lotion SPF50 +, Le Tan Coconut Milk SPF50 + and Cancer Pure Pure Pure Pure Low SPF50 + sunscreen provides high protection, "but not very high protection they claim".
Consumer NU CEO Sue Chetwin said the "disappointment" results followed an initial batch of tests when six out of 10 tanning agents failed to meet the SPF requirements.
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Some manufacturers' response was "alarming," Chetwin added.
"Due to the inconsistencies we have identified, we expect that manufacturers will immediately perform a 10-person test of their products and review their testing programs before attacking the messenger."
She said the test was conducted according to Australian and New Zealand standards, and all attempts by manufacturers to reject criticism were "irresponsible and unsubstantiated."
Skinnies went to the Kids Barefoot Babe sunscreen after receiving a valid test result for one person.
"Then he found out that the SPF was humiliating and had to reformulate it," Chetwin said.
Skinnies now retests re-formulated sunscreen creams. Preliminary results have shown that the new product is likely to meet its SPF50 claim, the NZ consumer suggested.
Consumer NZ warns sun-seekers not to believe everything they read when using sunlight.
Three higher protection protective creams have not yet achieved their SPF50 + requirements with SPF ratios ranging from 41 to 45 years.
Two of them, Le Tan and We Are Feel Good Inc., have provided laboratory reports showing that their products have been tested on 10 subjects and meet their pre-market label requirements.
The Anti-Cancer Society established an SPF application for Kids Pure Low Irritant Sun-Milk SPF50 + on a 10-person test report on formulations of different preservatives.
The technical report contained only a three-person sunbathing test from NZ consumers who were tested.
As a result of the consumer NZ findings, the Cancer Society sent a sunscreen to a US laboratory for testing.
Preliminary results have shown that the sunscreen is likely to meet SPF50 + label requirements, but Consumer NZ claims that the company has not yet provided a full 10 test.
The companies were approached for comments.
Consumer NZ tests four more sunscreen creams, and results will be online at consumer.org.nz as they become available.