Johnson & Johnson Recalls Five Sunscreen Products due to Low Levels of Benzene
On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) announced a voluntary recall on five of its aerosol sunscreen products sold under its Neutrogena and Aveeno brands. Internal testing on samples from the products showed “low levels” of benzene. According to J&J’s press release on the recall, the levels of benzene “would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,” but it is nonetheless recalling the products “out of an abundance of caution.”
The recalled products are Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen, and Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen. J&J advises consumers to stop using the products, and any customers with questions or refund requests should contact their Consumer Care Center at 1-800-458-1673. The full statement on the recall can be found here.
Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid. It is recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services as a known carcinogen, and it has repeatedly been linked to various types of leukemia and other cancers of the blood cells. J&J recently had similar issues with carcinogens in its talc-based baby powder. There are thousands of pending lawsuits alleging that the baby powder contains asbestos and causes women to develop ovarian cancer. However, J&J maintains that its talc-based products are safe and do not cause cancer.
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