July 15, 2021
A New Jersey-based company said on Wednesday that consumers should stop using their products and throw them away after internal tests have confirmed low levels of benzene in some samples.
J & J has also informed distributors and retailers to stop selling products and arrange returns “with great care”.
Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen and can cause cancer depending on the level and degree of exposure.
J & J states that benzene is not a component of sunscreen products and is investigating the cause of contamination.
“Daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels detected in our tests is not expected to cause any adverse health effects,” the company said.
The recalled Aerosol sunscreens are Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense, Neutrogena Ultra Shear, Aveno Protect + Refresh.
Consumers should contact their doctor or healthcare provider if they have any concerns or questions related to the use of these products, or if they have any problems.
This recall is another blow to J & J, one of the world’s largest producers of consumer health products. The company is already facing billions of dollars in potential court losses and settlements from claims related to baby powder, vaginal mesh implants and opioid painkillers.
The deployment of J & J’s COVID-19 vaccine has also been hampered by production problems, and this injection is associated with two very rare side effects, Guillain-Barré syndrome and potentially life-threatening blood clotting conditions.
US regulators say the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks.
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