Burned! Customers feel 'betrayed' by J&J over sunscreen recall


New York Post 15 July, 2021 - 05:08pm 55 views

Does Neutrogena sunscreen have benzene?

The original Valisure report found trace levels of benzene in both sprays and lotions made by Neutrogena and Aveeno, but the company is only recalling the five aerosols. The Washington PostJohnson & Johnson recalls five Neutrogena, Aveeno sunscreen products containing traces of benzene

Why is Neutrogena sunscreen being recalled?

J&J said Wednesday it would recall most of its Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens from U.S. stores. The move came after Valisure LLC, an online pharmacy, said in May that it found high levels of benzene in 24 sunscreens and other suncare products and recommended pulling them from shelves. The Wall Street JournalCVS Pulls Two Sun-Care Products After Neutrogena Sunscreen Recall

Is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen recalled?

In response, Johnson and Johnson announced on July 14 that it is voluntarily recalling select Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol spray sunscreens "out of an abundance of caution." The recall affects the following products: Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen. ... Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen. CNETNeutrogena sunscreen recall 2021: What you need to know

By Abby Weiss and Natalie O'Neill

July 15, 2021 | 6:08pm | Updated July 15, 2021 | 6:08pm

New Yorkers and other customers across the US said Thursday they were shocked and dismayed over Johnson & Johnson’s recall of five potentially cancer-causing sunscreens.

“I feel upset and betrayed and wondering if I’m okay just sitting here with all of it on me,” said Elisabeth Oliveri, 41, of Queens, who had coated herself with Neutrogena UltraSheer aerosol — one of the brands the firm warned customers to stop using.

Oliveri, who was soaking up rays with her husband, Jason Oliveri, 40, on the Coney Island shoreline said she wants the company to alert customers in shops that the sunblock isn’t safe.

“There should be signs on the stores and places where they sold it. I always thought active recalls were more public than this… I’m not seeing anything at my drugstores,” she said.

Sunbather Farha Hussain, 22, of Brooklyn, added, “It’s ironic that something that’s supposed to protect me from skin cancer might give me cancer.”

She added, “I’m probably just going to stop using it.”

Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it’s recalling five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens after finding low levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in some samples.

But beach buffs blamed the company for failing to do more testing before releasing the products.

“People purchase Neutrogena a lot because it’s supposed to be the best and this and that. I feel like they should have done more research,” said Nilda Rosado, 52, of Williamsburg, who was tanning in her beach chair. “I bought this thinking it was top of the line.”

And some customers raised alarms about whether other J&J products were safe.

Another observer added, “Interesting that the scientists don’t mention it until it’s made millions for them first. Then it’s “oops”. Sorry bout dat.”

The recall includes the Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreens: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen.

The company said they are investigating how the benzene got into their product.

“Daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products.”

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J&J Recalls Aveeno, Neutrogena Spray Sunscreens

The Wall Street Journal 15 July, 2021 - 07:40pm

J&J said Wednesday consumers should stop using and discard five of its six Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens. The company said it is also notifying distributors and retailers to stop selling the products, and arranging for the return of the products.

A company spokesman said the effort would include removing products from shelves.

The New Brunswick, N.J., company said it doesn’t use benzene in the manufacturing of the spray sunscreens and is investigating the cause of the contamination. The company is in touch with regulatory agencies in other countries about the issue, the spokesman said.

J&J, one of the world’s biggest sellers of consumer-health products by sales, didn’t say how many bottles were affected and what the exact benzene levels were, though J&J said the levels were low and not expected to cause health issues.

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