Johnson & Johnson Recalls Sunscreen Because of Benzene Traces

Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary recall on Wednesday for 5 of its sunscreen sprays after testing discovered low ranges of benzene, a carcinogen, within the merchandise. Consumers had been informed to cease utilizing the merchandise and throw them out.

The recall included 4 Neutrogena aerosol sprays — Beach Defense, Cool Dry Sport, Invisible Daily and Ultra Sheer — and the Aveeno Protect + Refresh spray.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday. “While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products.”

The firm mentioned it was nonetheless investigating why there have been traces of benzene.

Based on publicity modeling and Environmental Protection Agency steerage, Johnson & Johnson decided that “daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”

Benzene is a carcinogen, which may trigger cancers, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extremely flammable chemical, which is colorless or barely yellow, is usually discovered all through the United States in merchandise reminiscent of gasoline, plastics, detergents, pesticides, medicine, nylon and artificial fibers, in accordance with the C.D.C. Cigarette smoke and forest fires are additionally sources of the carcinogen.

Low ranges of benzene are additionally present in out of doors air, from gasoline stations, motorized vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions, in accordance with the C.D.C.

Benzene, which causes cells within the physique to not work correctly, could cause anemia or loss of white blood cells, in accordance with the C.D.C. Long-term publicity — which the C.D.C. defines as a yr or extra — to important quantities of benzene could cause leukemia or extreme bleeding.

The sprays in query had been offered at retail shops throughout the nation. Consumers who’ve questions or need to search a refund can name 1-800-458-1673.