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Wegmans faces class-action lawsuit over sunscreen

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Wegmans is facing a class action lawsuit alleging its store brand sunscreen is harmful to the environment despite claims on the product label. The lawsuit, filed by Monroe County resident Joelle Thomas, argues that Wegmans’ “Reef Conscious” sunscreen makes false and misleading statements about its environmental safety.

The sunscreen bottle states it is “Reef Conscious” and compliant with Hawaii SB2571, a law banning products with oxybenzone or octinoxate. However, the lawsuit cites the presence of ingredients such as avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, and octocrylene, which are also considered harmful to reef ecosystems according to Snorkel Around the World.

Thomas filed the lawsuit on behalf of other plaintiffs, seeking monetary damages and coverage of costs and expenses. Wegmans has responded, stating they are reviewing the lawsuit and will not comment further at this time.