Johnson & Johnson recalls aerosol sunscreen containing traces of Benzene
- Johnson & Johnson announced a recall of five of their sunscreen products on Wednesday
- Certain samples were discovered to have low quantities of benzene
- The recall affects all can sizes and sun protection factor (SPF) levels
Johnson & Johnson announced a recall of five of their sunscreen products on Wednesday after certain samples were discovered to have low quantities of benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer if exposed to it repeatedly.
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 are among the items impacted.
The recall affects all can sizes and sun protection factor (SPF) levels. The goods were sold in stores around the country.
The benzene was discovered during testing by the firm and an independent laboratory, according to the healthcare behemoth. It is probing into how the chemical ended up in the items, they added.
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.” People should apply an alternative sunscreen to prevent themselves from skin cancer melanoma, according to the warning.
Benzene is a highly flammable chemical that with enough contact at adequate levels can cause cancer. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can also harm the immune system and hinder cells from working correctly.
Whether a person breathes, consumes, or applies the chemical on their skin and clothes, it will have varying impacts on them. Dizziness and irregular heartbeat are common symptoms, as are convulsions and, at very high levels, death.
The recall has been reported to the Food and Drug Administration by J&J, which is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.