Johnson & Johnson recalls five sunscreens over traces of carcinogen


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The recall comes after Valisure, an independent laboratory, raised the alarm over benzene’s presence in Johnson & Johnson’s products. In a report released in May, Valisure noted that “27% of samples … contained detectable benzene and some batches contained up to three times the conditionally restricted FDA concentration limit of 2 parts per million”.

The affected products, all packaged in aerosol cans, include four Neutrogena sprays – Beach Defense, CoolDry Sport, Invisible Daily Defense and UltraSheer – and Aveeno’s Protect + Refresh sunscreen. The products were distributed across the country through various retailers.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the company said: “Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), benzene is a highly flammable and widely used chemical that is either colorless or yellow with a sweet odor. It is often found in plastics, rubbers, dyes, pesticides and synthetic fibers. Low levels of benzene can also be found in outdoor air, mostly from industrial emissions, gas stations and vehicle exhaust.

Benzene can cause cells to stop working and result in loss of white blood cells. Long-term exposure, which the CDC defines as a year or more, can contribute to leukemia or excessive bleeding.

“While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products,” according to Johnson & Johnson. The healthcare manufacturer is investigating how traces of the chemical entered the products.

In the meantime, Johnson & Johnson has urged all consumers to stop using the products and discard them, and has notified the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the recall.

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Sunscreen recall 2021: J&J recalling select Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen due to presence of benzene

USA TODAY 15 July, 2021 - 02:06pm

Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling select Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen products after low levels of benzene were found in products.

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Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling five of its sunscreen products after low levels of benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer with repeated exposure, were found in samples.

The company announced the recall Wednesday and advised consumers to stop using the products.

The affected products, which were sold 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, according to the notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration's website. The products were distributed nationwide through retailers.

The recall comes after a May report by Valisure, a Connecticut-based online pharmacy and laboratory, found dozens of popular sunscreen products have been contaminated with benzene.

Valisure tested and analyzed 294 unique batches from 69 different companies and found 78 sunscreen and after-sun care products contained the chemical.

The company’s citizen petition called on the FDA to recall 40 sunscreen and after-sun care products found to contain higher levels of benzene. The brands include Neutrogena, Sun Bum, CVS Health and Fruit of the Earth.

U.S. PIRG Education Fund Consumer Watchdog Teresa Murray said in a statement that the recall should have happened sooner.

“We’re a month and a half past the big Memorial Day beach weekend that unofficially kicks off summer," Murray said. "How many consumers nationwide have unknowingly been using sunscreen that could cause cancer?"

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 and damage the immune system and prevent cells from functioning properly, according to the 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.

"While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products," Johnson & Johnson said in a statement. "We are investigating the cause of this issue, which is limited to certain aerosol sunscreen products."

The health care giant 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.

A list of the affected Neutrogenaproducts along with lot numbers and expiration dates are posted on and posted on pages two to 23 with Aveeno products on the first page.

Customers can get a refund by calling J&J’s Consumer Care Center at 1-800-458-1673.

Aveeno Protect + Refresh Aerosol Sunscreen is the only Aveeno product included in the recall with eight types affected.

Learn more at The recalled lot numbers and expirations are posted here and the Aveeno products are on the first page.

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Johnson & Johnson issues sunscreen recall over cancer risk - WOWO 1190 AM | 107.5 FM

WOWO 15 July, 2021 - 08:05am

Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of specific Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen products due to the presence of low levels of benzene, which is a known carcinogen.

The company says the recall only impacts aerosol sunscreen products, specifically the following:

If you own any of them, stop using them immediately and call 800-458-1673 to ask for a refund. Find more details here.

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