Johnson & Johnson is recalling Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens from US stores after discovering benzene, a potentially cancer-causing chemical, in some samples.
J&J said on Wednesday that consumers should stop using the spray sunscreens and throw them away. The company said it also notified distributors and retailers to stop selling the products and arranged for the return of the products.
A spokesperson for the company said that this includes removing products from the shelves.
The New Brunswick, NJ, company said it does not use benzene in the manufacture of its spray sunscreens and is investigating the cause of the contamination. The company did not say whether the recall will affect other countries.
J&J, one of the world’s largest sellers of consumer health products, did not say how many bottles were involved or the exact benzene levels, although J&J said the levels were low and not expected to cause health problems.
The affected spray products, J&J said, are sold as Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer and Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreens.
“Out of great caution, we are already recalling many of these specific aerosol sunscreens,” the company said.
benzene is a chemical that can cause cancer after high exposure. High levels of exposure can also have more immediate effects, including dizziness, confusion, and fast or irregular heartbeats.
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