Johnson & Johnson is recalling Aveeno and Neutrogena aerosol sunscreens after internal testing of samples detected the presence of benzene, a known carcinogen.
The company said on Wednesday that consumers should stop using the products and properly dispose of them. The spray sunscreens affected by the recall are Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer and Aveeno Protect + Refresh.
“As a precaution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products,” the company said, adding that it was working with distributors and retailers to arrange for the return of the recalled products.
Benzene, an industrial chemical normally found in crude oil and cigarette smoke that can also be used in the manufacture of plastics and pesticides, is a known human carcinogen that can cause harm with long-term exposure. , that is, for more than a year from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Johnson & Johnson said benzene is not an ingredient in any of its sunscreen products and that the company is investigating the cause of the contamination. Johnson & Johnson did not detail the amount of benzene detected, describing it only as “low levels”.
The independent pharmaceutical testing company Valisure recently discovered that, a known carcinogen that has been linked to blood cancer and other diseases. Of the 78 lots with detectable levels, 40 products were found to have “significantly detected” levels of benzene.
Johnson & Johnson said consumers can get help with questions or request a refund by calling (800) 458-1673.
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