Johnson & Johnson recalling Neutrogena, Aveeno sunscreens due to benzene traces

Johnson & Johnson stated Wednesday that it’s recalling 5 of its sunscreen merchandise after some samples had been discovered to comprise low ranges of benzene, a chemical that may trigger most cancers with repeated publicity.

The affected merchandise, packaged in aerosol cans, are Aveeno Shield + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and 4 Neutrogena sunscreen variations: Seaside Protection aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Each day Protection aerosol sunscreen and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen.

The recall consists of all can sizes and all ranges of solar safety issue, or SPF. The merchandise had been distributed nationwide via retailers.

The well being care large stated the benzene was discovered after testing by the corporate and an unbiased laboratory. It’s investigating how the chemical bought into the merchandise.

J&J stated it’s working to get all numerous the 5 merchandise faraway from retailer cabinets. It urged shoppers to cease utilizing the sunscreens instantly and stated prospects can get a refund by calling J&J’s Shopper Care Middle at 1-800-458-1673. Extra data is accessible on the web sites for Neutrogena and Aveeno.

J&J stated in a press release that “use of those merchandise wouldn’t be anticipated to trigger opposed well being penalties” and that it voluntarily determined to recall them “out of an abundance of warning.” The assertion added that individuals ought to use an alternate sunscreen to guard themselves from the pores and skin most cancers melanoma.

Benzene is a extremely flammable, extensively used chemical that is current all through the setting. It will possibly trigger most cancers with repeated publicity at excessive sufficient ranges. It can also injury the immune system and forestall cells from functioning correctly, in accordance with the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

The chemical’s results fluctuate by whether or not an individual by chance inhales or ingests it or will get it on pores and skin and clothes. Signs vary from dizziness and irregular heartbeat to convulsions and, at very excessive ranges, loss of life.

J&J, which is predicated in New Brunswick, New Jersey, stated it has notified the Meals and Drug Administration of the recall.