Test Achats, consumer agency files complaint against five sunscreen products

Belgium, Europe The consumer protection organization named Test Achats has filed a complaint with the Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment Agency against five sunscreen products that do not deliver their promised protection.

One of the sunscreens among them from Zwitsal promises protection for babies, specifically, which Test Achats discovered, especially not up to standard, considering the same brand was also singled out in the previous year for two other products, including both of which can still be currently found on the market.

Moreover, the representative of Test Achats, Julie Frère, mentioned in the statement, “We have filed a complaint with the FPS Public Health against the three new products that do not respect the promised protection, and have asked for explanations regarding the presence on the market of the Zwitsal products tested last year and whose composition remained unchanged.”

“We are asking for these products to be withdrawn from the market or, at the very least, for the protection factor to be adapted on the packaging.”

Along with this, the organization highlights the urgency of the matter, as many people will be soon buying sunscreen as summer draws closer.

The consumer protection agency examined 16 sunscreen products on the market, including ten that claimed to deliver SPF 50/50+ and six lotion and sprays claiming SPF 30.

In addition, three products did not meet the promised protection against either UVB or UVA or both, and another two did not protect against UVB.

The agency described that “Sunscreen products are supposed to protect against two types of radiation.”

Furthermore, “The protection factor or SPF (Sun Protection Factor) refers to protection against UVB rays, which cause sunburn. They should also offer protection against UVA rays responsible for skin ageing. In Europe, UVA protection must be at least one-third of the protection against UVB.”

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