Five sunscreens recalled due to benzene

News photo: Five Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens recalled due to benzene

THURSDAY July 15, 2021

Five Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreen products have been recalled because they may contain small amounts of benzene, Johnson & Johnson announced Wednesday.

Benzene is carcinogenic to humans and can enter the body through the skin, through the mouth and by inhalation, the company said in a statement.

“As a precaution, we are recalling all batches of these specific aerosols [spray] sunscreen products, ”the company said. “Although benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosolized finished sunscreen products. “

The company said it is still investigating how traces of benzene were discovered in sunscreens.

Based on exposure modeling and Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, Johnson & Johnson added that it had determined that “daily exposure to benzene in these aerosolized sunscreen products at levels detected during of our tests should not have adverse health consequences “.

Benzene, which causes cells in the body to malfunction, can cause anemia or loss of white blood cells, according to the CDC.

Long-term exposure, defined as a year or more, to significant amounts of benzene can cause leukemia or excessive bleeding, the agency added.

The recalled sunscreens were distributed across the United States and include: Neutrogena Beach Defense; Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport; Neutrogena’s invisible daily defense; Neutrogena Ultra Sheer; and Aveeno Protect + Refresh.

Consumers should stop using the recalled products and contact their health care provider if they have any questions or concerns, or have encountered any problems with the use of the products, Johnson & Johnson said.

For more information or to request a refund, consumers can call the company at 1-800-458-1673.

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Visit Johnson & Johnson for more information on the reminder.

SOURCE: Johnson & Johnson, press release, July 14, 2021

Robert Preidt and Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster

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