The company said customers should stop using the affected products, which have been distributed to stores nationwide.
The recall involves Aveeno Protect + Refresh Spray Sunscreen and four Neutrogena sunscreens: Beach Defense Spray Sunscreen, CoolDry Sport Spray Sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense Spray Sunscreen and Sunscreen UltraSheer solar spray.
Benzene, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can cause leukemia or other cancers after long-term exposure to high levels, is not an ingredient in affected sunscreens, J&J noted.
The pharmaceutical giant said it was investigating how the chemical could have entered some of its products.
“Daily exposure to benzene in these aerosolized sunscreen products at levels detected in our tests is not expected to have adverse health consequences,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. “As a precaution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products. “
J&J noted that the recall is voluntary and said it notified the Food and Drug Administration of the recall.
The company said it is working to remove all batches of the five products from shelves across the country.
He added that customers can get a refund by calling J&J’s consumer support center at 1-800-458-1673.
The ad is the latest black mark for the company’s consumer unit, which has faced thousands of lawsuits in recent years alleging its iconic talc-based baby powder is mixed with asbestos. and causes cancer or mesothelioma.
Last year, the company halted sales of the product and recently spent $ 3.9 billion to help cover the costs of the lawsuits.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Johnson & Johnson’s offer to overturn a $ 2.1 billion verdict against her in favor of women who said talcum products from society had played a role in the development of their ovarian cancer.