The affected products, packaged in aerosol cans, are Aveeno Protect + Refresh Spray Sunscreen and four versions of Neutrogena Sunscreen: Beach Defense Spray Sunscreen, CoolDry Sport Spray Sunscreen, Spray Sunscreen Invisible Daily Defense and UltraSheer Spray Sunscreen.
The recall includes all box sizes and all levels of Sun Protection Factor, or SPF. The products were distributed nationwide in the United States through retailers.
Two of the Neutrogena products, Beach Defense and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreens, have also been recalled in Canada.
The health giant said the benzene was found after testing by the company and an independent lab. He studies how the chemical got into products.
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J&J said he is working to get all batches of the five products removed from store shelves. He urged consumers to immediately stop using sunscreens and said customers can get a refund by calling J&J’s consumer support center at 1-800-458-1673. More information is available on the Neutrogena and Aveeno websites.
J&J said in a statement that “the use of these products should not have adverse health consequences” and that it has voluntarily decided to recall them “out of caution”. The statement added that people should use other sunscreen to protect themselves from cancerous melanoma of the skin.
Benzene is a widely flammable and widely used chemical that is present throughout the environment. It can cause cancer if repeatedly exposed to high enough levels. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can also damage the immune system and prevent cells from functioning properly.
The effects of the chemical vary depending on whether a person accidentally inhales or ingests it, or puts it on skin and clothing. Symptoms range from dizziness and irregular heartbeat to seizures and, at very high levels, death.
J&J, who is based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, said it informed the Food and Drug Administration of the recall.
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