Neutrogena aerosol sunscreens recalled due to high benzene levels – .

Neutrogena aerosol sunscreens recalled due to high benzene levels – .

TORONTO – Johnson & Johnson is recalling several aerosol sunscreens, including Neutrogena Beach Defense and Ultra Sheer sunscreens for adults and children, after the company detected elevated levels of benzene.

According to a notice published on Saturday by Health Canada, the contamination was first identified by Valisure, an independent US quality assurance company.

Tests revealed high levels of benzene in several sunscreens and after-sun products made by Johnson & Johnson in the United States. Since then, the United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of five of the company’s products.

Benzene is a chemical that can be absorbed to varying degrees by inhalation, through the skin and by mouth.

Health Canada’s advisory includes seven Neutrogena Beach Defense and Ultra Sheer sun protection products. A complete list of affected products can be found on the Health Canada website.

According to Health Canada, immediate signs of exposure may include drowsiness, dizziness, fast or irregular heartbeat, and headache. Repeated or long-term exposure to the substance can also lead to serious health problems such as cancer, anemia and bone marrow failure.

“The safety of the health products that Canadians rely on is a priority for Health Canada,” notes the advisory. “The Health Canada assessment is ongoing. This includes determining if sunscreens and other types of products (i.e. after-sun products) sold by other companies may be affected in Canada, and assessing the problem to identify the potential causes and risk mitigation measures.

Despite the recall of some products, the agency continues to emphasize how important it is for people to continue to use sunscreen to protect themselves from ultraviolet rays that can cause cancer and other skin and health problems. .

“Health Canada recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen (one that provides protection against UV A and UV B rays) with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to prevent sunburn and reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, ”the agency informed. “Anyone with a known history of severe reactions to the sun should stay out of the sun as much as possible and always use sunscreen and other sun protection measures. ”


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