Neutrogena, Aveeno sunscreens are re-invoked after the discovery of carcinogenic traces: NPR


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Johnson & Johnson withdrew five aerosol sunscreen products after finding traces of benzene. In this photo, Collin Morikawa is sprayed with sunscreen during the Workday Championship golf tournament in February.

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Johnson & Johnson withdrew five aerosol sunscreen products after finding traces of benzene. In this photo, Collin Morikawa is sprayed with sunscreen during the Workday Championship golf tournament in February.

Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP

Johnson & Johnson announced Wednesday that the company is withdrawing five of its aerosol sunscreen products due to the discovery of traces of benzene, a carcinogen, in some samples.

The company said consumers should stop using affected canisters, which include only aerosol sunscreen products Neutrogena and Aveeno. The recall pulls all can sizes and SPF levels, which they are distributed throughout the country.

Specific products that are being recalled are:

  • NEUTROGENIC aerosol sunscreen
  • NEUTROGEN Aerosol sunscreen Cool Dry Sport
  • NEUTROGEN Invisible daily defense aerosol sunscreen
  • NEUTROGENIC ultra transparent aerosol sunscreen
  • AVEENO Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen.

Benzene is not an ingredient used in sunscreens. The company said it was reviewing how the chemical could have entered certain samples.

Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can cause leukemia or other cancers.

“Daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreens at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. “Because of the abundance of caution, we remember all of these specific aerosol sunscreens.”

The company urged consumers to immediately stop using these special sunscreens, dispose of affected products and pick up replacement sunscreen.


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