Johnson & Johnson recalls five Neutrogena, Aveeno sunscreen products containing traces of benzene

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Is Neutrogena Johnson and Johnson?

Neutrogena Corporation trading as Neutrogena, is an American company that markets skin care, hair care and cosmetics owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. ... Johnson & Johnson acquired the independent company in 1994. wikipedia.orgNeutrogena

What is benzene in sunscreen?

Benzene is a chemical derived from coal tar with trace amounts often found in synthetic fragrances, explains Dr. Dendy Engelman. "Benzene is a known carcinogen and is linked to cancer and nervous system issues," she tells us. "Short term, it can cause irritation and redness on the skin if applied topically." ranellamd. byrdie.comWhat to Know About the Possible Benzene Sunscreen Recall

The recall comes a few months after the independent testing lab Valisure found benzene in 78 sunscreen products.

According to the Post, Johnson & Johnson began investigating its products for benzene after seeing the Valisure report.

Johnson & Johnson did not reveal the levels of benzene found in its products, but said that, based on EPA guidelines, "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." Still, the company made the voluntary recall "out of an abundance of caution," the statement said.

The company is investigating how benzene ended up in the products, as the chemical is not intentionally added as an ingredient. Consumers should stop using the recalled products and discard them, and use an alternative sunscreen for sun production, according to the statement.

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Johnson & Johnson recalling sunscreens due to benzene traces

WPRI 18 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is recalling five of its sunscreen products after some samples were found to contain low levels of benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer with repeated exposure.

The affected products, packaged in aerosol cans, are Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreen versions: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen.

The recall includes all can sizes and all levels of sun protection factor, or SPF. The products were distributed nationwide through retailers.

The health care giant said the benzene was found after testing by the company and an independent laboratory. It is investigating how the chemical got into the products.

J&J said it’s working to get all lots of the five products removed from store shelves. It urged consumers to stop using the sunscreens immediately and said customers can get a refund by calling J&J’s Consumer Care Center at 1-800-458-1673. More information is available at the websites for Neutrogena and Aveeno.

J&J said in a statement that “use of these products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences" and that it voluntarily decided to recall them "out of an abundance of caution.” The statement added that people should use an alternate sunscreen to protect themselves from the skin cancer melanoma.

Benzene is a highly flammable, widely used chemical that's present throughout the environment. It can cause cancer with repeated exposure at high enough levels. It also can damage the immune system and prevent cells from functioning properly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The chemical's effects vary by whether a person accidentally inhales or ingests it or gets it on skin and clothing. Symptoms range from dizziness and irregular heartbeat to convulsions and, at very high levels, death.

J&J, which is based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, said it has notified the Food and Drug Administration of the recall.

If You Have These Neutrogena Products, Stop Using Them Now, FDA Says

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On July 14, the FDA announced that Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Neutrogena, had issued recalls for four Neutrogena aerosol sunscreens. The affected products include Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen, and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen.

Johnson & Johnson announced that Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen is also being recalled. All lots and sizes of the aforementioned sunscreens are being recalled; pictures of the affected products can be found on the Neutrogena and Aveeno websites.

The recalls for the Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens were initiated after it was discovered that the products may contain benzene, a known carcinogen that has been linked to the development of leukemia. According to the FDA-issued recall notice, the benzene was discovered during internal testing of the products.

While the carcinogen can be absorbed orally, by administration to the skin, and through inhalation, the recall notice states that "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." The notice further explains that the recall is being issued "out of an abundance of caution" rather than a direct threat to consumer safety.

If you have the affected Neutrogena and Aveeno products at home, stop using them immediately and dispose of them according to your area's aerosol recycling policy.

If you would like to have your purchase refunded or if you have questions related to the recall, you can call the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Consumer Care Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-458-1673. If you believe you've experienced adverse effects related to the use of these products, contact a healthcare professional.

While the recall of the Neutrogena and Aveeno products may be the most high-profile case of sunscreen contamination this year, they're not the only sun protection products recently found to contain benzene.

In May 2021, Valisure, an independent laboratory that batch-tests consumer products for safety, issued a report stating that 27 percent of the sunscreen samples the company tested contained detectable levels of benzene, with some containing as much as triple amount permitted by the FDA.

They want the "potentially hazardous" items recalled.

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RECALL: Johnson & Johnson Recalls 5 Sunscreen Products Over Benzene

Snopes.com 18 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

Johnson & Johnson announced on July 14, 2021 that it had issued a voluntary recall for five of its aerosol sunscreens, after samples were found to include low concentrations of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. 

In the announcement, the company specified that five Neutrogena and Aveeno suncreens were affected: 

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (JJCI) is voluntarily recalling all lots of five NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines to the consumer level. Internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of the products. Consumers should stop using the affected products…

As outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), benzene is a relatively prevalent chemical that is often released into the air through emissions from automobiles, as well as coal and oil burning, and is also used in some forms of manufacturing.

Although we typically encounter it at levels that are too low to pose a health risk, benzene can cause cancer at much higher concentrations. According to Johnson & Johnson, benzene is not an ingredient in any of its sunscreens, but for reasons that they are still investigating, samples of the five aerosol sunscreens in question were found to contain low levels of the chemical.

The company insisted that “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,” but added: “Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products.”

Consumers are advised to stop using and discard the affected sunscreens. Details on the products and lots recalled can be found here, and consumers can learn how to obtain a refund here

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FDA investigating carcinogen found in recalled J&J sunscreen products

WTVB News 18 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

July 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it is investigating the root cause of a cancer-causing chemical found in some of Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ.N) recalled sunscreen products.

The drugmaker on Wednesday voluntarily recalled five Neutrogena and Aveeno brand aerosol sunscreens and advised consumers to stop using the products and discard them after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some sprays. read more

The agency has advised parents to continue to use broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher in conjunction with other sun protective measures.

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