Johnson & Johnson Recalls Five Neutrogena and Aveeno Spray Sunscreens for Carcinogenicity

Pharmaceutical Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalls five Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreen products from the market due to the presence of benzene, a carcinogenic substance. Additionally, it advises consumers to stop using these specific products and dispose of them properly.

These are the Johnson & Johnson sunscreens that are being recalled

The only sunscreen products affected are aerosol products, specifically:

– NEUTROGENA Beach Defense Spray Sunscreen

– NEUTROGENA Cool Dry Sport Spray Sunscreen

– NEUTROGENA Invisible Daily Spray Sunscreen

– NEUTROGENA Ultra Sheer spray sunscreen,

– AVEENO Protect + Refresh spray sunscreen.

Johnson & Johnson sunscreens contain benzene

Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily recalled all five lots of Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreen product lines at the consumer level. Internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some product samples. Thus, the company ensures that consumers should stop using the affected products.

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure. The company explains that based on exposure modeling and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) framework, daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at levels detected would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences. However, the company has ordered the withdrawal as a precaution.

Also, the pharmaceutical company explains that benzene is not an ingredient in any of its sunscreen products. “We are investigating the cause of this problem, which is limited to certain aerosol sunscreen products,” they add.

What to do if I have one of these sunscreens

Johnson & Johnson explains that consumers should stop using these specific products and dispose of them properly. In addition, she recommends seeing your doctor if you have any questions, concerns, or have experienced any problems related to the use of these spray sunscreen products.

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