Johnson & Johnson sunscreen recall leads CVS, Rite Aid to halt sales of Neutrogena, Aveeno

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CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens are halting the sale of certain Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen after Johnson & Johnson (J&J) recalled the products due to traces of a cancer-causing chemical. 

The major pharmacy chains confirmed to FOX Business Thursday that they are cooperating with J&J's voluntary recall of five of its sunscreen products after some samples were found to contain low levels of benzene. 

The chemical, "could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure," according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Out of an abundance of caution, CVS also halted the sale of CVS Health After Sun Aloe Vera and CVS Health After Sun Aloe Vera Spray and is working with its supplier "to take appropriate additional steps," a CVS spokesperson said in a statement.  

CVS said it's committed to "ensuring the products we offer are safe, work as intended, comply with regulations and satisfy customers," the statement continued. 

Likewise, a Rite Aid spokesperson confirmed the chain is in the process of "removing impacted products from shelves." 

Walgreens is also following suit, according to a company spokesperson. 

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 health care giant said the benzene was found after testing by the company and an independent laboratory. 

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J&J is investigating how the chemical got into the products which were shipped nationwide and is working to get all lots of the five products removed from store shelves.

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