J&J Recollects Sunscreen After Carcinogen Discovered – Enterprise Insurance
(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling five Neutrogena and Aveeno brand aerosol sunscreens after a carcinogenic chemical was found in some samples.
The New Jersey-based company said Wednesday that consumers should stop using the products and discard them after internal tests found low levels of benzene in some sprays.
The move comes months after the online pharmacy Valisure filed a petition with the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration filed in which it said it found higher than recommended levels of benzene in several products that provide protection or relief from sunburn, including sprays and lotions.
CVS Health announced Thursday that it has also stopped selling two of its sunburn healing products.
Benzene is classified as a substance that, depending on the level and extent of exposure, has the potential to cause cancer.
J&J, whose shares are down 1%, said benzene is not a part of its sunscreen products and is investigating the cause of the contamination.
"Daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels found in our tests is not expected to have adverse health effects," the company said.
The recalled J&J aerosol sunscreens are Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, and Aveeno Protect + Refresh.